Stadtlounge (City Lounge), St. Gallen, Switzerland

Can you guess what this huge bubble is?

Walking through the streets of St. Gallen we came across this unusual red street… a very bright red street. The whole area was covered with a rubberized tennis court coating. There was a living room setting, huge tables, a pool, even a car! The whole project is the local municipality’s idea to encourage people to loiter around and chat with each other.



This modern art installation was done by Pipilotti Rist, a woman artist, and Carlos Martinez architecture firm. It was fun exploring this unique set up. So? Could you guess what that bubble is? Yes, it is the street lamp there. My only regret is, I couldn’t stay back till night to capture it lighted.

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51 Responses

  1. a laudable concept. yes city folks don't really have time to sit and chat with others. this is really cool. and it's all red too.

  2. Jo says:

    Lovely idea, Indrani. Good on you for capturing it. I'm sorry I've been absent so long; had blogger problems. I'm back now. Blessings, Jo (East Africa)

  3. Well done in catching that one, beautiful.

  4. Anya says:

    Oh oh ……….
    the red outdoor carpets
    its very famous 🙂
    Nice to read that you was there!!!
    And lovely (red) shots 🙂
    Its for relaxing Indrani

    I think you was after that visit
    totally relaxed hahaha….. 😉

    (That ~ huge bubble ~
    glows at night, I thought ?!

    I'm not sure 😛

    🙂

  5. Carver says:

    I've never seen anything quite like that. Very interesting.

  6. RNSANE says:

    What an interesting idea! I wonder if it really does encourage "chatting" – it seems a bit huge for intimate conversation!

    My Skywatch is at:

    http://rnsane.blogspot.com/2011/06/skywatch-friday-season-4-episode-51.html

    Have a lovely weekend!

  7. EG Wow says:

    I would love to see that in person. Fascinating!

  8. Sylvia K says:

    How unique and different — as well as being so colorful! I thought it might be a streetlight, but it is different, too! Marvelous captures as always, Indrani, and a fun post for the day! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

  9. Jidhu Jose says:

    wow…love to be there

  10. Kim, USA says:

    I can't figure out what is this huge ball. ^_^

    SWF

  11. Fascinating street. What a unique view. Happy Sky Watch!!

  12. Liza says:

    That's a great idea. I'd love to sit there and chat with a friend.

    Happy sky watching.

    Liz @ A Simple Life

  13. Cloudia says:

    you found something wonderful to show us!

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  14. Jinksy says:

    That red colour would make me want to run and hide, not loiter! lol ♥

  15. Reader Wil says:

    This is unique! I have never seen this before! And it can be used as well, which is not always the case, therefore I like it. Thanks for sharing and visiting!

  16. Arija says:

    An interesting concept to make people stop and think.

  17. eileeninmd says:

    What a great idea and very interesting place. It is aunique looking street light. Happy skywatching, Indrani!

  18. ladyfi says:

    What an amazing street! Wonderful. And is that bubble a light or lamp?

  19. That's unusual. I wonder if it actually works to get people together.

  20. Shobha says:

    That's really Cool !

  21. Gary says:

    That's an interesting approach!! Boom & gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  22. thomas says:

    Beautiful art works.

    My SWF

  23. Leovi says:

    Really amazing these photos have never seen anything like it.

  24. I can certainly see why someone would love to hang around this cheerfully colored area, especially when the floor is cushioned with rubber!

  25. Pietro says:

    Really unique and interesting. Good pictures, Inrani!

  26. Spiderdama says:

    Very interesting and special place.
    Happy weekend!

  27. Wow! Such an interesting concept! Thx for sharing n hv a great wkend.

  28. I´ve seen much, but nothing like this. 🙂 A little too red for my taste.

  29. Tes says:

    Clever idea! Hahaha. I super-like it. And you captured it beautifully, Indrani! 🙂

  30. Wow that's a new concept! And that street bulb shape at least I could not figure that out.

  31. Jeevan says:

    Interesting and very innovative idea, to make people interact. Very nice shots on Red Street. I saw sometime before a yellow street somewhere via internet, where the roads alone painted in yellow.

  32. arabesque says:

    yup, it would've been cool if you could see the place at night.
    not only is this a great concept but how it was done was certainly ingenious. ^0^
    though, i seriously think you can't apply it in some countries, like here for example, if there's an open space without security, within days, it would be housed by beggars and thieves. ^-^
    beautiful post indrani, the lamp post was most definitely eye catching.

  33. arabesque says:

    yup, it would've been cool if you could see the place at night.
    not only is this a great concept but how it was done was certainly ingenious. ^0^
    though, i seriously think you can't apply it in some countries, like here for example, if there's an open space without security, within days, it would be housed by beggars and thieves. ^-^
    beautiful post indrani, the lamp post was most definitely eye catching.

  34. tattina says:

    Indruni, thank you for sharing – it is so unusial! But why red?

  35. Wow! It’s a wonderful initiative 🙂

  36. Arohii says:

    wow, it looks superb. what a great idea, wish we had something like that 🙂

  37. magiceye says:

    Wow! A fun concept!

  38. Bhavani says:

    Wow…. I liked the bubbly street light!!!

  39. I had never seen something like this… quite interesting! 🙂

  40. dNambiar says:

    That’s so interesting and unique too. I wonder what that place would look like at night. Come let’s look it up. 😉

  41. wow…this is really interesting 🙂

  42. Himanshu says:

    Fabulous find !! Very creative thought 🙂

  43. Kishor Kr says:

    Interesting concept.

  44. yogi saraswat says:

    Unique idea ! Looking beautiful

  45. Interesting Post, Indrani.. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Arun says:

    This is really cool!

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