Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Small details

Graf-Schack-Allee, Schwerin, Germany
(Photo: Hanns Joosten)
In most cases fringes of public flower-beds do not attract much of my attention. In two cases however small additions made me wonder. What’s the difference? While in Schwerin (Graf-Schack-Allee) the edge is covered with steel, in Oslo (Dronning Mauds gate) small metal pimples are mounted on top of the stone fringe.
At least my perception of aesthetics tells me that the pimples are rather on the ugly side. But why do you need metal bars or pimples at all?

Obviously flower-bed fringes are popular places for skaters and curb grinding. Many conventional stones don’t stand grinding for a very long time (e.g. in Helsinki). So planners of public spaces react, either in favour of skaters or against. What do you prefer?

Dronning Mauds Gate, Oslo, Norway
In front of Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

Addendum: The promenade in Schwerin was designed by Häfner and Jimenez, who are also responsible for the walkable loop in Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg.