Intervention: Pine Street Gardens

An empty lot on the corner of Pine Street and Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando becomes a community hub for this installment of Brendan O’Connor’s “I Wish This Was…” column on Bungalower. Ryan Young suggests plugging in a temporary architectural intervention that could activate the space, but at a pedestrian scale.

To allow for the temporary nature of this project, 12 dumpsters will be thoughtfully placed on the site before being carefully tack-welded together to maintain position. Then they will be filled with soil and outfitted with a temporary irrigation system to allow for the installation of plants and landscaping.

The landscape would need to be modern and inviting to ensure maximum use by the public. The decking and seating would be built out and attached to the top edge of the dumpsters so you could still see hints of the structures, within the layout.

Steps could be built on the street corner to access the platform and would also be used for seating, or a pop-up stage for street performances.

A pop-up retail niche would be installed on the Orange Avenue side of the property, complete with a container kitchen for a coffee shop, or a local restaurant satellite. The thought would be to have local restaurants rotate every month in the container kitchen to showcase Orlando’s booming local restaurant scene.

An art niche/outdoor gallery wall would be placed on the Pine Street side to showcase local Orlando artists and change on a monthly basis. CityArts Factory (Facebook Website) is located just across Orange Avenue from the pop-up park, and would be ideal partners for a project like this. (See Interstruct’s intervention for the CityArts Courtyard and read more about the CityArts design project in our journal Post + Beam.)

Artwork and murals on the walls that frame the courtyard would be created to showcase local artists. The artwork in the rendering shows a collection of works by Stephanie Wood, the late Morgan Steele, German Lemus, Peterson Guerrier, and Samantha Shumaker, just as examples.

Another way to showcase local artists would be by placing sculptures in the art garden. would also showcase local sculptors, like this piece by Dana Hargrove.

To read the full story on Bungalower, see how the corner looks now, and hear an oral history about the 1800s building that stood on this lot until destroyed by fire, click here.


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