Clever ideas lift spirits at sad sites

17:00, May 27 2011
Holly Griffin
FUN FOLLOWS FALL: Holly Griffin tries a coconut at ten pin bowling being held on the site of the former Jetset Lounge on the corner of Madras and St Asaph streets.

An outdoor bowling alley and a city made of furniture have risen on two central Christchurch sites levelled since the earthquake.

Gap Filler, a project to fill empty space with public-friendly designs, called on the talents of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) architecture students to transform the sites.

Eighty students put forward their designs and the best two were realised on the sites of the former Jetset Lounge on St Asaph St and The Triangle on Ferry Rd. They were opened to the public last night after three days of frantic activity.

Gap Filler director Coralie Winn said both designs captured the spirit of the sites.

"The [bowling alley] design was referencing the fact that the Jetset was a student hangout for so long and a place for entertainment and fun."

The furniture cityscape, branded "Words of Hope", was made of old cabinets, desks and drawers painted white which the public could write messages on.

Winn said the project was a new challenge for the students. "This is a really interesting thing for them, taking it into reality and forcing them to see how the public is going to see it or understand it."


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