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The Library Tree / Platanus reborn as urban space

The Library Tree
The Library Tree

In Moldova, April is known for its sunny days and blossomed trees. However, April 2017 was remarked by a snowstorm like never before. As a result, about 10,000 trees have fallen, one of them being a vigorous 67-years-old Platanus, which collapsed right in the National Library Square. Two months later, the tree was still there as if it were not ready to leave. And that was when it hit us. The Platanus could be reborn as urban furniture. We engaged the local community through a crowdfunding campaign and by applying design processes, we managed to create a sustainable urban space with benches, bike parking & tables, and thus bringing life to it.

Client / Manufacturer

Mihai Stamati Design Studio

Mihai Stamati Design Studio
Chisinau, Moldova

Design

National Library of Moldova

National Library of Moldova
Chisinau, Moldova

Design

City Hall Cultural Department

City Hall Cultural Department
Chisinau, Moldova

Design

Technical University of Moldova

Technical University of Moldova
Chisinau, Moldova

Design

AnyWay Travel

AnyWay Travel
Chisinau, Moldova