Street “Flower Lamps” Bloom When You Stand Under Them

Urban spaces can often be plain and dull. But not Jerusalem’s Vallero Square, where pedestrians are greeted with these self-inflating, giant flowers.


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Installed by HQ Architects in 2014 and titled “Warde,” these nine by nine meter flowers “bloom” when someone approaches, or when a tram is about to arrive, brightening an otherwise dead part of the city. The flowers also offer much needed shade on hot days.


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“This project is part of the municipality’s effort to improve the urban space of the city center and in this specific case, of the [square’s] poor condition,” reads the Designboom submission.


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“Warde’s attempt was not to fight the chaos but instead to try and lighten up the urban space, by spreading around these four elements that have a hint of fantasy, and with their help, overcome the reality of the square.”


Dor Kedmi


Dor Kedmi


Dor Kedmi


Dor Kedmi


Dor Kedmi

Watch the flowers in action below: