h2o bench by h2o Architectes

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More from h2o Architectes: h2o bench is a modular furniture system designed for the main square of Valenciennes in northern France.

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Made from fibre concrete, the components can be configured to form stools, benches and chairs for public seating.

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See h2o's Chatou garden pavilion in our previous story.
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Here's some more information from h2o Architectes:

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h2o bench

The h2o bench is one component of our winning design for the urban project competition for the main square of Valenciennes, a town in the north of France. Drawing from previous research on global urban conditions and “in-between situations”, the design concept is centred around the ideas of indeterminacy and instability. It offers opportunities for user appropriation by encouraging invention of activities and modification of the individual’s place in increasingly controlled social spaces.

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The research focused on the investigation of five themes: minimal form, non-orientation, sculptural quality, flexibility and additive qualities. These five elements also relate the narrative identity of the object : what do objects tell us?

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Our bench dissociates itself from ordinary conditions which typically join the identity of an object’s form to its’ function. Here, it is the use which guarantees the final purpose of the object. The visual simplicity of the basic module is reinforced by its materiality. The thin shell of Ductal® fiber concrete - at once skin and structure – embodies the material’s inherent form. Thanks to games of assemblage, flipping and inversion the bench becomes a game of correlations: at once stool, chair, bench, and meeting place.

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  • Hans Haneke

    Again very tricky
    I really like the way the bench transform itself in a meeting place.
    Elegant and intriguing in the same time

    Great Job again !!

    Do you have more ?

  • gaque

    seems really nice. much, much better than a lot other curvy furniture thats been produced the past few years (i wont name any names). the seams between modules is clean and subtle. its quite thin to be concrete/ferroconcrete? great work!

  • http://www.lorbus.com lorbus

    Can’t stop thinking about the nasty gunk that will be hard to clean under that long tube.

  • Azeem

    I bet i would fit snugly into one of those seat’s!!

  • Charlotte

    Amazing they can do all this with just 2 modules…
    Great job! Looks beautiful!

  • http://www.henrymein.co.uk Architect Guru

    I really like the design of the chairs, I like the module concept. Shame about the buildings and architecture in the background.