Architectural Elements (AE) + WWU
AE and WWU Industrial Design teamed up to create new designs for outdoor spaces. Fabricating the designs in-house, the designs were taken from concepts to manufacturing.
3 Month Timeline
Research / Stakeholder Interviews / Concepting / CAD
Landscape architects, an industrial artist, city planner, and architect were interviewed at the beginning of the project that showed a need for inexpensive, adaptable seating.
Early on the design process, one of the rough models involved two elements that come together to create a surface, which became the early inspiration for the design.
Modularity & Sustainability
The findings from research interviews pointed towards meeting the need for different sized seating solutions, in particular, the ever-growing popularity of "pocket parks". Working with designers and engineers for Architectural Elements, the form was developed for manufacturing. The cut plan makes the most of material, with minimum waste material. With certain finished it can also be 100% recycleable.
Shown is a 1/3 scale model of the design, demonstrating the appearance of multiple benches in a row. These models were made out of sheet-aluminum, cut using a water-jet and finished with a powder-coat paint.
AE Award Winner
The design was presented to a panel of judges and ranked based on innovative form, manufacturing, and potential for sales. It was also selected for the Architectural Elements design scholarship.
In the fall of 2015, five S Benches were installed in Barkley Village in Bellingham, Washington. They are now available to purchase through the Architectural Elements outdoor furniture catalog.