Iulia Dana Baceanu
Cansu Yağciuğlu, Darja Premasunac, Nicoleta Jelihovschi ,Anna Armentani, Chiara Costanzelli, Francesco Martello, Filippo Tartaglia, Mariagiovanna Caruso, Gurkirat Singh, Konstantina Chamatzoglou, Labreina Lyrou, Mikaela Maçka
PONTUNE is a lake intervention workshop in Herastrau Park. Composed of a floating deck and three floating sound installations, the structures have been built by a team of 13 architecture and design students from Europe and Asia, together with the project tutor Iulia Dana Baceanu. The intervention aims to mediate the contrasting user patterns of the park that spans on the surface of approximately 170 football fields. Overcrowding, uneven use and gentrification are some of the biggest problems the park faces daily.
The lagoon area is one these sections of the park where the lack of basic furnishings urge the users, mainly joggers and bike riders, to rapidly transit the area, leaving the lake bank and alleys almost empty.
Here, PONTUNE aims to attract some of the passersby to pause in this remote area of the park and shift their attention to the scenic lake views, thus helping to balance and reactivate an attractive but scarcely used section of the park.
PONTUNE helps the specific user to have an unspecific experience. With its pyramidal puffy chair and friendly wooden surfaces PONTUNE offers a secluded relaxing place on the surface of the water. The three floating sound installations transform the movements of the water into relaxing white noise.
Because of the function of the object – floating deck – the structure has been built entirely out of accoya wood. Basically pine wood, the boards used for the PONTUNE and the floating objects have been chemically treated to increase the resistance and reduce the water intake of the wood to a mere 5%.