Robotic Fabrication Lab HKU has created a beach-side seating solution that calls ecology into question.
The tidal stool is a design made of 3D-printed terracotta that invites users to sit and enjoy the beach, while also serving as a critical commentary on shoreline maintenance in Hong Kong.
During high tide, the stool is partially submerged in water, while at low tide it reveals a design of intricate spaces and crevices born of a desire to provide shelter for sea creatures.
The project brings together two different ecologies, the anthropocentric and the natural environment, to unite rather than separate through artificial intervention.
Project: Tidal Stool