Kavics Concrete Bench by VPI Concrete Design and Manufacture

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Kavics

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Concrete Bench

INSPIRATION:
With the design of KAVICS, our goal was to create an organic outdoor concrete object. The distinctive smooth spans and oval forms of organic shapes convey a positive emotional meaning, therefore one associates unity, femininity and harmony with them. The creation of these shapes, apart from their special aesthetic role, means handling form and function as one unit. By creating KAVICS, we constructed a novel object that shows softness in its appearance and breaks with the traditional robustness of concrete.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The uniqueness of this concrete piece of street furniture lies in its contradictions. It seems light and delicate despite its material. It looks somehow natural but also deeply urban. It appears to be a piece of art yet its shape can easily be the part of everyday life. All the contradictions might stem from its creation, which was in a way a traditional, however also an extremely modern process.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
KAVICS is a delicate concrete composition that attracts all eyes and inspires creativity with the air of liberty. It's a piece of street furniture that serves for conversation, reading, hitting on guys, serenading someone, drinking lemonade, working or sunbathing. The point is that anyone looking at it wants to use it and usage brings out the essential beauty of KAVICS.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The design of KAVICS started in November 2016 in Budapest and it was first installed in the same city in March 2017.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
KAVICS is actually a massive, concrete product casted from a mould, which was manufactured through 30 different sculptural shape studies, followed by a 3D scanning and CNC cutting process. It is the result of a long-term cooperation between sculptors, designers and concrete professionals. Just like all our products it was manufactured from our own, self developed concrete mixture with a combination of the latest 3D modelling technology and the traditional craftsmanship enhancing it, making a balanced cooperation between digital technology and human touch.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Size: XL: 240 x 170 x 50 cm / M: 170 x 110 x 50 cm / S: 130 x 110 x 60 cm Weight: XL: 1000 kg / M: 630 kg / S: 550 kg Material: High Performance Concrete Color: white Finish: natural concrete with surface protection

TAGS:
bench, concrete, street furniture, concrete bench, concrete object

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
New concrete mixtures were developed for this project. We use special in-house developed High Performance Concretes. They provide a really strong and smooth surface and allow us to create formerly unimaginable concrete structures like KAVICS.

CHALLENGE:
How to create an organic, seemingly soft and airy object out of concrete? This challenge appeared throughout the design process of KAVICS's shape and in the technological research of its material as well.

ADDED DATE:
2018-09-26 08:36:32

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Designer: Fruzsina Fülöp and Designer: Péter István Varga

IMAGE CREDITS:
Anna Fabricius

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patented. EUIPO 003737907-0001 03/02/2017 VPI Építész Kft. EUIPO 003737907-0002 03/02/2017 VPI Építész Kft.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
VPI Concrete Design & Manufacture

PROFILE:
VPI CONCRETE designs and produces concrete furniture for public spaces. The company was founded by architects to invent a new integrity in design and technology of concrete products and their function in public spaces. Their developments target to radically widen the characteristics and possibilities of concrete in product design. Continuous experimenting allows VPI to create unbelievably smooth surfaces and formerly unimaginable structures. In-house developed concrete mixtures provide endless opportunities to design their products and to create shapes of unlimited variety.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Kavics Concrete Bench by Vpi Concrete Design and Manufacture is a Nominee in Street Furniture Design Category.

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Kavics Concrete Bench by Vpi Concrete Design and Manufacture is Winner in Street Furniture Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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