“Ripple Bench” is an experiment on an alternative approach of standardized pieces of urban equipment for sitting and resting in the greek urban environment. Basically, it is an attempt to attribute a complex and performative geometry on an everyday object like the urban bench. The materialization of such design, takes advantage of modern fabricating techniques and does not suspend the possibility of the mass production of such an object. Particularly, a doubly curved surface is generated which allow for two seating possibilities. The surface is analyzed in a rhomboidal pleating pattern which add structural strength and is then divided in sections, which are then developed in flat pieces that can be laser cut.
The design intention, apart from searching alternatives ways of simplifying the materialization of complex geometries, is the creation of an intricate artifact that provokes the user to reconsider everyday objects and hold a different stance towards the urban scape, that surrounds him/her. Topotheque developed the script (Rhinoscript), designed and fabricated the final object.(in collaboration with Alexandros Helidonopoulos, Tasos Spyridonos, Petros Kostakis )
computational design & digital fabrication
Object / <10sqm
Thessaloniki / Greece