Design, in general, is something that is always under development and urban design is no exception either. There are a lot of installations of urban furniture that we find here and there which might incite feelings of amazement or scrutiny. But it is definitely something that causes a stir in our heads, however minor it might be.
Were you aware that the record for the longest bench on the planet is in the town of Littlehampton in the United Kingdom? The installation was constructed using 9000 painted slats and it is 324 meters long.
Here we take a look at 18 cool urban furniture around the world.
1. Benches that look like sails in Verchères, Canada
They look like sailboats when you first look at them, but if you inspect them closely, you will realize that they are park benches. These are quite lovely to see on land, just as much as they are at sea.
2. A giant letter bench in Bristol, England
Even though this is obviously not a real letter, this wooden installation has an addressee as well as postal stamps. Although we are not entirely sure, people can probably sit on this bench too.
3. A giant bench in Nantes, France
This giant bench looks like something out of a supernatural movie where the giants and the tiny humans live in harmony. But since giants seemingly do not exist, is it a gate for another realm of humans?
4. Book benches
Although these books are probably one of the largest books in existence, you cannot read them since there aren’t any words in them. Maybe they were designed to incite people to read books. What are your thoughts?
5. A bench that is two-sided in Mexico
When viewed all of a sudden, this bench might make you question your body’s orientation. But don’t worry, you’re firmly on the ground and not floating upside down.
6. Girl with the head of a shark in New York.
Is it a girl? It is a shark? Well, it or she is definitely both!
7. The periodic table and bench in Winston – Salem, North Carolina.
This table is a brilliant pun for all those punny people out there. Geddit? Geddit?
8. The situation of the pulse when it is at rest in Hamburg, Germany.
Well, this is definitely interesting to look at. Are those jellybeans for giant people yet again?
9. Slingshot bench
Didn’t we all imagine how it would feel to be catapulted onto soft fluffy clouds on a slingshot? Well, this might be your chance.
10. Pencil bench
A bench of pencils which you are supposed to sit on, not draw with!
11. Sheltered bench
This seems like a really good idea since it is not only a cosy place to sit, but is also well covered. No wet park benches! Ha!
12. Helping hand
These two hands hold out this bench for you to sit on in Kiev, Ukraine.
This relaxing robot is a cute place for people to sit and relax after a walk or even sit and drink their coffee or have a chat. The possibilities are endless!
14. Differently facing park benches
If you do not like eye-contact or would really like public spaces to let you have some peace, these benches are perfect as they do not face each other.
15. Whale fin bench in Santa Barbara in sunny California
This bench gives you a ride on a whale, at least imaginatively!
16. Kit Kat bench in London, United Kingdom
Whoever thought of this idea is a brilliant marketing executive!
17. Motivation bench in New York
Not sure if it is accurate to call it a bench in the first place since there is nothing to sit on. But this bench is supposed to motivate you to run.
18. Sunken observation deck in Vöcklabruck, Austria.
This platform lets you get a view from the water level of the pond, which is bound to let you click some interesting pictures.