A parklet is defined as a public space intervention that converts underutilised urban spaces such as unused parking bays and alleyways into areas for public use and services such as seating, shade and even internet access.
GAPP Architects’ competition-winning parklet design, encourages varied configurations which create spaces that are easily adapted to varied situations.
Originally piloted on Sea Point’s Regent Road in 2016, the Parklet was a tremendous success. An average of 50 people a day used the parklet as a safe, comfortable and productive space. From nannies with prams to students and people who work in the area, the parklet catered to a wide array of user groups.
Parklet to move around
Now situated across the V&A Waterfront’s Food Market, the parklet aims to provide shoppers, tourists and Waterfront staff ample seating, shade and Instagram-ready views of the Alfred Basin. “We’re excited to have the parklet at the Waterfront and plan to place it in a few locations during its stay. This will ensure that as many people as possible interact with it, and we hope will provide us more insight into our visitors’ behaviour and needs,” said V&A Waterfront Social Inclusion and Placemaking Programme manager Henry Mathys.
Blok sponsored various elements of the project including the build, but the structure belongs to the public. “The concept behind the project is to create an adaptable, engaging space for communities to enjoy and change the way we think about public spaces. We also hope it will continue to provoke conversation around public space, particularly who can manage and participate in co-creating it,” added Blok MD, Jacques van Embden.
- Project Initiators : Blok and Future Cape Town
- Design : GAPP Architects
- Construction : Cameron Barnes
Notes to editors:
- Future Cape Town is an independent non-profit organisation promoting democracy, sharing inspiration and working in collaboration to improve our future cities.
- BLOK is a luxury apartment development company that focuses on urban apartment living.
Read the 2016 press release here.