Reclaim, Re-invent, Re-purpose by Armor Gutiérrez Rivas, Atelier La Juntana
Supported by Shadbolt, University of East London and Kohn Pedersen Fox.
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.
Sitting on London’s Clay by Local Collective
Supported by Pro-duck, Clayworks and Guy Valentine.
Local Collective’s seating uses London’s clay – a natural material found beneath Londoner’s feet – to offer a social furniture that is breathable and sustainable. The bench’s modular system offers different compositions tailored to different social needs, whilst the materiality of clay improves indoor air quality by absorbing humidity and toxins. More importantly, this is an installation about climate change: to re-think and rationalise centuries-old construction principles and natural materials into sustainable, contemporary building techniques.
Beluga by Hylemo & Ai Build
From catwalks to festivals, Hylemo specialises in the production of parametric pavilions delivered through digital fabrication. Now in collaboration with Ai build – developers of 3D printing technology driven by robotic arms – they wish to challenge the way furniture in the public domain is produced; reducing material waste to zero and engaging in the circular economy of materials. Through the boundless opportunity of forms offered by additive manufacturing, Hylemo & Ai Build have created a bench that turns seating into an experience of art.
Lacuna by Nick Tyrer with Victoria Philpott
Supported by James Lathams and Garnica, and fabricated by Raskl.
Nick Tyrer and Victoria Philpott have brought together seating and striking planting through a design that offers a spatial experience while remaining functional and comfortable. Lacuna offers a sense of security and personal space on a large station concourse, while also creating a much larger visual impact upon the identity of the station.
ConvoStation by The United Suburbs
Supported by Universal Spraying Ltd.
ConvoStation is a brightly coloured communal rocking chair – intended to bring strangers together in today’s ever-moving and ever-busy lifestyles. The design incites a conversation between strangers, generates awareness of people’s surroundings through motion, and opens the opportunity for new friendships and chance encounters.
After being in place for one year at the stations, all the benches were successfully rehomed in various locations including Norlington School, Bonnell School and Cymberland School to be enjoyed in a new environment.