A bench designed to encourage people to stop, recline and look at the sky. Let’s find out who designed it and where it is located.
The UFO-SHAPED BENCH to “encourage contemplation of the sky”
#A bench designed to encourage people to stop, recline and look up at the sky
In the London financial district of Canary Wharf, in Crossrail Place near the entrance to the recently opened Elizabeth Line railway station, British architect Peter Newman installed Skystation: a bench designed to encourage people to stop, recline and look at the sky. The designer defined it as “an interactive public sculpture and a seat” whose contours were designed to “adapt to the extended human form and encourage contemplation of the sky and the architecture that frames it”. Newman added that the bench “creates an opportunity for pause, reflection and interaction within a public space. Gravity puts the past under us, so looking up is like thinking about the future “.
#UFO-shaped and made of aluminum and bronze
The most curious peculiarity of this bench, if not deliberately desired by the famous designer, is its shape that recalls that of a UFO. Made of aluminum and bronze, it has all the appearance of a flying saucer and took inspiration from the shape of the LC4 chaise longue, one of the most popular furniture of the 20th century designed by architects Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand.
#It is not the only one in the world
Skystation was designed to be a comfortable place to sit and can accommodate Skystation was designed to be a comfortable place to sit and can accommodate up to 12 people, but it is not the only one in the world. In fact, it is only the latest of the series installed in various locations in the United Kingdom and in Luxembourg.
(Original article by Fabio Marcomin)