London Festival of Architecture : City Benches

Initiated last year, the "City Benches" project is part of the London Festival of Architecture and allows emerging designers and architects to invest the capital, following a competition organized by the City of London Corporation and the Cheapside Buisness Alliance. For the 2019 edition, five young talents reinterpret the seating and animate the public space.

The order includes five new benches populating the Cheapside district. Following a call for proposals, the hundred or so applications were then screened by a jury of professionals who selected five young designers - students or fresh graduates - who were allocated a budget of 800 books to create and manufacture their street furniture. And all eccentricities are allowed!

"The benches demonstrate not only the genius of London's architects, designers and emerging artists, but also the way small interventions can make a difference in the lives of Londoners." Tamsie Thomson, director of the London Architecture Festival.

For example, the duo Sarah Emily Porter and James Trundle imagine a bench with a smooth surface composed of several brightly-colored elements and dynamic and graphic interior. Just as brilliant, Anna Janiak Studio's project borrows its pace from astronomical measuring instruments when Astrain Studio Architects takes inspiration from children's colorful building blocks to design a set of six elements that look like 80's. .

More figurative and very kitsch, the seat of Delve Architects is the result of a collaboration with the manufacturer DragonSmoke and is neither more nor less than a sleeping giant dog, making adults smile and amaze the children. And to finish off the passers-by, Armor Gutiérrez Rivas from Atelier La Juantana creates a rectangular structure made of vertical wooden planks, the center of which is hollowed out in the shape of a bright pink heart.

An event that values ​​the new generation while brightening the Sunday walks.

To learn more, visit the London Festival of Architecture website

Photographs: Agnese Sanvito