Mumbai Street Furniture
A family of Street Furniture
The design is inspired by the forms of the Lotus flower & the Peacock bird. The different yoga postures also inspire the overall design language to be dynamic and have an element of balance.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design aims to make the street look/smell/feel nice and inviting for the public. The bench has a modular assembly thus making it flexible depending on the requirement of the location it is placed in. It has an anti-sleeping element built into its form which prevent homeless people from sleeping on it. In addition to that all the furniture elements have an integrated light, which allows the furniture to be seen in the dark even from a far distance at night. Overall, the design provides safe place for people to walk rest, and to experience community living.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The bench has a modular assembly thus allowing it to be easily converted to a 2, 3 or 4 seater bench. It also has an in-built charging point and a cup holder making it highly functional for the user. The built-in mosquito repellant means that the user is encouraged to use the bench for sitting & resting. In addition to that it has an anti-sleeping element built into its form which prevent homeless people from sleeping on it. The dustbin comes in different sizes and different colour thus allowing it to be used efficiently in different location and for effective waste segregation. In addition to that all the furniture elements have an integrated light, which allows the furniture to be seen in the dark even from a far distance at night.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2014 in Mumbai, India and finished in November 2014 in Mumbai, India.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Slimconcrete results in a concrete with three times greater compressive, flexural and impact strength than conventional concrete. Slim concrete was used as the primary material as it has the ability to get organic and sleek geometries, it is also suitable to Indian conditions & has a cheap production cost. It is highly durable and resistance to harsh climates and has a completely uniform colour. The structure of the street furniture would be made in stainless steel.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Bench: Width 1920mm x Depth 450mm x Height 715mm
Dustbin: Width 650mm x Depth 520mm x Height 1300mm
Street light: Width 240mm x Depth 750mm x Height 4360mm
Bus stop: Width 7000mm x Depth 3500mm x Height 3160mm
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The behaviour of people on the street of Mumbai was observed during different times of the day; morning, afternoon & at night. In addition to that existing street furniture in Mumbai was compared with street furniture from overseas. The research resulted in insights such as there is lack of proper seating & resting areas, homeless & animals sleeping on the existing street furniture and there is a high crime rate especially at night as the streets are deserted and dark due to lack of proper lighting. Also people have the perception that streets in Mumbai are foul smelling, dirty & unsafe.
Aesthetically pleasing - There is a need to make he street look, smell, feel nice and inviting for the public. Improving the quality of street life - Provide safe place for people to walk, rest & to experience community living through street comfort. True to India - Design to be based on Indian environment, sensibilities and user behaviours. Vandal free - Appropriate material usage & Smart assembly and placement of furniture. Street safety at night - Integration of light in all the elements. Disabled friendly - Furniture is equipped with features that would allow the disabled to use it with ease.
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Image #1-5 - Sagar Satam