Switzerland's City Lounge

By: Rachel Webb - Oct 21, 2008   Updated: Mar 24 2011
References: carlosmartinez.ch & coolboom.net
St. Gallen, Switzerland has rolled out the red carpet permanently with their City Lounge outdoor installation. Designed by Carlos Martinez and Pipilotti Rist for a competition, the red carpet covers the streets and surrounds the businesses in the area.

City Lounge features places to park and even fake cars you can sit or relax on.

Implications - City planners are continually searching for sustainable ways to encourage public interaction in an organic way. By integrating furniture in the shape of fake cars into the all-red installation, the City Lounge turns a potential eyesore into an attractive place where visitors can relax, interact with each other and enjoy public art for free.