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The Water Bench Manipulates the Rain to Inflate the Public Chair

By: Akihiko Tse - Published: Oct 10, 2013 • References: m-a-r-s.asia and designboom
The 'Water Bench' is a sustainable and modular design that capitalizes on rain water to create a functional public installation while lifting the strain on centralized infrastructures.

A design by MARS architects, the 'Water Bench' emphasizes adaptability and functionality, encouraging social interaction while reducing our dependency on water, such as to water the grass and plants, in green spaces. The bench is made from partially recycled polyethylene, and each model is produced in the exact mold as underground and above-ground tanks, facilitating a more versatile water management network. The sofa-like design enables water to be soaked in through the grooves and seams that transport the water into the button hole inlets.

The material allows for moisture to dry the seating surface, and comes in three different volume capacities: 500, 1,000 and 1,800 liters.

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