Space&Matter designed a temporary intervention for the undeveloped site of the former industrial Groenoord area, Leiden. Undeveloped land is often inaccessible, characterised by a stretch of sand and trimmed with fences to keep intruders out. The same elements are used when constructing pavilions that are intended to include people rather then keep them out. By reinterpreting the function of the materials, a piece of wasteland is reclaimed for public use; stimulated by local initiatives over a period of two weeks.
The pavilion forms a pivot point between three areas; the existing residential part of Groenoord, the new neighbourhood and the center of Leiden. The spatial design creates tension between public and not public and between intimate and open. The separation between inside and outside creates the atmosphere of interior space; a room that invites interaction. It is a public space that compensates for the lack of squares, parks and terraces in the area. The surrounding residents can make the space their own through this small-scale initiative, whether this is done for a small group of neighbours or to attract people from the entire district.