Municipality of Södertälje
Martin Arfalk, Patrick Verhoeven,
Maria Gregorio, Andrei Deacu, Carlos Dias
A concept design for a flexible, floating space
Modular PLUS is a quick, inexpensive and spatially efficient proposal to bring new energy to urban waterfronts. The modular PLUS functions as a temporary and highly flexible piece of public infrastructure. The platform shrinks and grows, responding to seasonal and climatic demands. The PLUS is an ‘all in one’ urban life generator, combining public seating, restaurant and lounge program, and full exploitation of the waterside experience - in all seasons.
The simple form of the PLUS is broken down into a variety of intimate rooms to maximise the opportunities of the space. Larger rooms with clustered seating encourage an energetic social exchange, while intimate, outward facing benches invite for quiet reflection. The highly adaptable nature of the PLUS means that the structure can be adjusted to accommodate specific events, celebrations or programmatic requirements.
The Modular PLUS concept was tested on Södertälje’s lakeside square, Marenplan. The south facing square is a perfect host for the PLUS, sitting on a south facing and under utilised waterfront. By strategically attaching the floating structure to an existing public space network the concept becomes strengthened and the full potentials of the intervention can be recognised!
A PLUS to local public space
The modular platform can be placed to maximise benefit to existing public space structures.
Social to Intimate Configurations
Clustered seating encourages energetic social exchange, while intimate, outward facing benches invite for quiet reflection.
Functional and fun
A simple layout and generous dimensions create opportunities for diverse room types.
In the winter, the PLUS shrinks down and is used as a skating platform.
The structure can be adjusted to accommodate specific events, celebrations or programmatic requirements.
Urban Life Generator
The PLUS is an ‘All in one’ urban life generator, combining public seating, restaurant and lounge program, and full exploitation of the waterside experience
All parts of the structure are modular, flexible and movable.