Chataround

Project
(Outdoor) Bench

Technology Used
AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhinoceros, Photoshop, Illustrator

Year
2016

Competition
The Bench Design Competition

Organizer
STUFF

Collaborator
Dark Horse Architecture Incorporated (Ethem Övünç Tar and Emeil Andron Alvarez)

Recognition
Honourable Mention

 

Since the rise of information age and globalization, humans have been seeking more social connectivity and interaction between one another. The street ideals of cities are now gradually transforming into a more public domain, becoming less automobile-oriented. Responding to this transformation, the Chataround questions and challenges the form and functionality of conventional street objects, such as bench, that people use every day. Its intent, given its well thought-out form, is to encourage conversations between users; something a “traditional” bench is lacking as users tend to sit apart from each other, facing the same direction. Its idea was based on a simple round stool typical to social places like bars.

 

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