Pop-Up Summer Rooftop Camping: NYC-London-Boston


30th Apr, 2013

If you’re stuck in the city on one of the warmest days of the year, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to miss out on the adventure of summer. Bivouac is unique project that brings together summer camping (tents and all) and a city’s most unused real estate; rooftops (panoramic views and all).

The campsite/ art project will be popping up in secret locations this year in New York on selected dates in May & June, London in August and Boston in October. Throughout the summer, pre-booking guests will have the opportunity to spend a night under the city’s stars at one of the secret locations. The co-ordinates and instructions are texted to you only one day prior to your arrival. The camp has seven custom-made ‘lean-to shelter’ tents that sleep 2-3 people and take around 20 minutes to assemble. The rooftop sites will also have a kitchen canteen with a large communal table and they even set up a small library.

“Guests are encouraged to live out their normal daily lives,” explains Bivouac, organised by artist, designer and Brooklyn resident Thomas Stevenson.” They will leave the site each morning, take the subway and conduct their working hours as usual. Their domestic hours will be spent on the roof, in the great city outdoors, roughing it!”

Bivouac also focuses on the relationship between the campers and encourages ‘campfire’ discussions, skill-swapping and creative improvisation. Those that cannot live without guaranteed internet access, electricity or a shower for a night, need not apply. 

When it’s summer in the city, there is no place I’d rather be than on a rooftop somewhere (I once dragged a mattress out onto the roof, slept like a baby) and this idea sounds like a great opportunity to do something truly memorable and make new friends along the way with a similar taste for the off-beat.

Interested? You can sign up via the project’s site and specify how many nights you would like to stay. May dates in New York are already full, but you can now email thomasjsite@gmail.com for June bookings. Bivouac is also taking new city suggestions! 




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