This design for hospitable street furniture is by Ellen Hallstrom, done while studying at Sweden's Lund School of Industrial Design.
"Driftwood: A double-sided bench that can be turned into an enclosed shelter overnight."
"Many public benches are designed to drive homeless people away. Not only making it practically more difficult to find a place to exist in, but also saying 'you're not welcome to exist here at all.'
"Driftwood is an attempt towards a more sympathetic architecture within the public space."
All kinds of psycho-social prognostications why this “won’t work”. Ok, let’s move on. This extremely well thought out design can very easily trigger several fruitful creative paths. Benches in general not intended to shelter the homeless. Benches in remote nature locations that become refuges for the stranded in inclimate conditions or even animal attack. Inspiration for products for RV-ing/Caravanning or much larger shelters or micro houses. A design this elegant should not be swept into the dustbin labeled NO GO. It should serve as a seed crystal for an unknown bounty of heretofore unimagined possibilities. Congratulations and Well Done.
designed with naive good intentions or promoting to normalize society's problem?
Loving everything about this!
Clever solution, commendable project—homelessness is a hugely relevant issue, especially right now—but this isn’t practical. What is the context? Let’s get some observations and interviews to understand how people without homes live. The object will lose the functionality of a public bench and become a home with the constraints of a public bench, so why not just make a home?
I love this - my first thought was "what about the gaps in the wood" and then I saw the profile. A really nice piece.
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