With the above factors in mind, we set out to develop a lower cost, high quality parklet for street seating made with long lasting and lower maintenance materials, based on standardized modules that could be easily assembled and disassembled with just a few people in less than a day. The result is ‘StreetDeck‘, our modular parklet design that offers all the cost saving benefits of a modular unit, but still offers the opportunity for extensive customization of the decking material, planters, panels and site furniture.
'StreetDeck' parklet with steel planters and aluminum railings.
Apart from actual material costs, architectural design work can normally be a major expense in parklet projects. However our ‘StreetDeck’ modular deck system is based on a fully integrated system of modular components – the basic deck assembled with adjustable deck supports, paving materials, ramps and perimeter containment and add-on optional components including planters, seating and panels/railings. This modular design using standardized components can save thousands in architectural fees since each component of the parklet is not being designed from scratch.
But modular doesn’t mean you’re constrained to a single design, style or color scheme. With just the deck material, in our own Archatrak product range, you can choose from over 50 colors/styles of highly stain and scratch resistant porcelain pavers including wood, stone, cement and rustic styles that bring a level of uniqueness, longevity and low maintenance not found with conventional wood construction. These same pavers are used for the side panels of our planters and the bench component of our seating, providing the opportunity to create a fully integrated parklet structure if required.
Ease of construction is another key aspect of ‘StreetDeck’. After assembling the steel perimeter containment from modular components, the 24″ x 24″ or 16″ x 48″ porcelain pavers are simply placed over adjustable height pedestals. No nails, adhesives or special tools are required and the entire installation can be completed in a matter of hours, not days, with just a few people, no special skills needed.
A street’s crown and slope often pose challenging and expensive design issues for parklets. From accommodating the maximum allowed deck slope, to ensuring unobstructed water drainage and zero damage to the curb, sidewalk or street, StreetDeck’s solution of using versatile, adjustable height pedestals, simply and cost effectively solves this major issue which would otherwise call for the design and construction of a customized support structure, often requiring the services of a professional structural engineer. Whether you want a deck that’s perfectly level or adjusted to a precise slope, our adjustable pedestal solution saves both time and money.
Provision of safe pedestrian and wheelchair access from curb or pavement level to the deck surface is a key element in parklet design. ‘StreetDeck’ add on components include both transition plates and integrated ramps, offering both a continuous threshold or multiple entry points.
The Archatrak range of panels, railings, planters and benches complete our integrated ‘StreetDeck’ system. Planters are often used to create a barrier at the end of the deck while panels or railings provide the required separation from nearby traffic on the outside of the deck, while keeping within 36″ min. and 42″ max. heights generally specified for railings or panels to ensure unobstructed visibility. In some localities, a continuous solid perimeter of a specific minimum height may not be required, instead stainless steel cabling may be permitted. In other localities, the structure at either end of the parklet can be less than 36″ high.
For further details of our ‘StreetDeck’ system, see our main ‘StreetDeck’ pages here.