Perspective – “Seat for the Seasons” outdoor seating prototype along the new Battery Green oval
Outdoor Seating Prototype – unfolding sequence
The Battery Conservancy in Lower Manhattan has announced the results of their 2012 Draw Up A Chair Competition. The competition, launched last fall, seeks to identify a winning permanent outdoor chair design for Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, New York City. According to the Conservancy website:
The design competition has three phases. The first phase is an open design competition. In the second phase, the jury will select Top Designs and Finalists, which will be featured online and on exhibition banners in the park. The Battery Conservancy will develop full-scale prototypes of the Finalists’ Designs and has been invited by Design Miami/ to exhibit these prototypes. In the third phase, the winner(s) will be awarded a cash prize and their designs will go into fabrication for use in the new Battery Green, a 3-acre oval at the park’s Broadway entrance, scheduled to open in 2014.
This is a great step forward in the post-Hurricane Sandy revival of the Lower Manhattan area. Hearty congratulations to the Conservancy, the competition finalists and the top 50 designs.
We have posted some of our studio’s ideas and one of the submission boards we prepared to the competition.
Entitled, “A Seat for the Seasons,” our concept for a seating prototype integrates the repurposed wood bench slat stock with a high-density polyethylene seating shell. The end result is a new flexible outdoor furniture concept that would be comfortable, yet vastly reconfigurable for myriad Battery Green events and resilient enough to operate throughout the year in the Battery.
Perspective – chair prototype in its retracted setting & curvilinear configuration by the East Coast Memorial
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