Arbortecture

  • Date:
    2013
  • Competiton:
    Street Seats

The Arbortecture bench has been named a semi-finalist in the Design Museum Boston’s Street Seats Design competition. The final design of the Arbortecture Bench is based on the idea of urban forestry and the renewal and adaptive reuse of trees found in urban environments everywhere. When buildings and historic structures age they are either persevered, adapted for a new use, or harvested for their historic pieces. When trees age and become deemed dangerous in an urban environment they are cut down and immediately shredded on site. This almost instantaneous eradication of an often historic urban element is a daily occurrence within City Parks Departments wordwide. Once harvested this precious lumber can be reused in a continued contribution to the city with new urban furniture. By maintaining the original shapes of the trunks and branches and not ripping them down to nominal dimensional lumber the citizens of Boston are conscious of the age and remarkable contribution these trees have made over time to their city.  This consciousness will continue to educate the urban minded relaxer. The concentric rings of the naturally harvested lumber have an inherit potential for difference from the normal repetitive horizontal grain of wooden benches. The carefully carved forms of the bench showcase these new patterns of the once perfectly concentric grain. These circular rings start to stretch and warp as they deform from horizontal to vertical alignments. The grain always remains continuous and therefore creates a new labyrinth of patterns across the sitting surface. The sitting surface is now activated by varying patterns that both adults and children can enjoy tracing the paths of the grain.

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