Looking to highlight the new role of railways and stations in urban regeneration – not just as transition points, but destinations – the proposal takes inspiration from the complex yet powerful spatial encounters between railway lines and the urban fabric of stations and the city. The design treats reclaimed timber track sleepers with steam bending and digital CNC forming techniques, creating geometries that re-interpret the network infrastructure, and raise awareness of the importance of re-purposing and re-inventing in railway stations of the future. The modular and adaptable design can be expanded to create multiple configurations inspired by different infrastructure settings.
Reclaim, Re-invent, Re-purpose was created by Atelier La Juntana and supported by Shadbolt, University of East London and Kohn Pedersen Fox.
Reclaim, Re-invent, Re-purpose is one of the five winning benches from the Sitting Pretty design competition from the London Festival of Architecture and Network Rail.
The competition was conceived by the London Festival of Architecture to consider how better station seating might look, with the potential for winning ideas to be replicated across stations by Network Rail in the future.
The benches can be found across four London Stations: Waterloo, Victoria, Charing Cross and London Bridge.