June 21, 2012 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
For Perches and Pews, a student competition to design public benches for the London Architecture Festival 2012, designer Robert Johnson recycled an old oil drum into a rotating outdoor bench. To keep the seat steady when not in use, the drum is filled with golf balls. Working with his brother, a cabinet maker, Johnson will complete three painted drums to make up the final seating arrangement.
Event producers London Pleasure Gardens challenged students to come up with unique ways to pause and absorb the festival atmosphere. With a budget of £150, and a tight deadline of just a month, the challenge resulted in 35 fascinating and functional public bench designs that will be installed throughout the London Pleasure Gardens site at the Royal Docks in East London from June 23-24.
The theme of the 2012 Festival is ‘The Playful City’, a response to London’s hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The London Festival of Architecture, which will be held from June 23-July 8, is a city-wide celebration of architecture and architectural talent in the UK capital which brings architects and communities together to examine how to make London a better place.