The Imbi Pocket parks is a project under the Signature Parks initiative by ThinkCity Kuala Lumpur. Three existing but neglected inner- city public parks under 1 acre in size within the Imbi area of Kuala Lumpur were identified for revitalization. Research on local context spearheaded by ThinkCity revealed the area to be one of transition; a mixture of local businesses and mostly immigrant residents.
Studio Bikin took a lead role in the masterplanning of the parks and the individual design for the three parks were undertaken in partnership with two other young Malaysian designers, Studio Karya and Mentah Matter.
Park B, termed ‘Unitree’ is designed for recreational purposes, and intends to capture the spirit of exploration and play, whilst creating a space where the community can engage with each other and take ownership of.
The park also seeks to further mitigate the tensions and integrate the local and migrant community within the area via guided programmes such as markets, exercise groups or children’s activities.
An undulating structure serves to unite the existing Angsana trees within the park, whilst focusing on a large existing Banyan tree. The structure also offers a continuous undulating platforms, steps and slides that allows users various levels of play and raised viewpoints back towards the city.