Public transit riders are accustomed to waiting around bus stops on a daily basis -- an experience that would be much improved by the instalment of Bench Houses nearby. Designer Arseny Leonovich won a 2014 Red Dot Design Award for this collection of quirky bus shelters that playfully reference the coziness of home.
In addition to a warm wooden seating surface, Leonovich has put together a sturdy structure of tubular metal to serve as an open enclosure. A sculptural treatment to this material has produced different variations that suggest the outlines of detached, semi-detached and row houses. Coated in brightly colored paint, the Bench Houses are accented with little streetlights, pendant lamps and clocks on posts. The odd backrest further contributes to the comfort of the user.
The Bench House Series Embraces Sitters in Homey Roadside Refuges
1. Quirky Bus Shelters - Designing bus shelters that playfully reference the coziness of home presents an opportunity for creating unique and engaging urban spaces.
2. Cozy Public Spaces - Creating warm and inviting seating areas at bus stops can transform the experience for public transit riders and encourage more people to use public transportation.
3. Sculptural Structures - Using sculptural treatments to create unique and visually appealing bus shelters can enhance the aesthetic appeal of urban environments and contribute to the overall cityscape.
1. Design and Architecture - The design and architecture industry can explore innovative ways of incorporating quirky and cozy elements into public infrastructure projects, such as bus shelters.
2. Urban Planning - Urban planning professionals can consider the impact of creating comfortable and visually interesting public spaces, like bus shelters, on the overall urban landscape and community well-being.
3. Public Transportation - The public transportation industry can explore the use of unique bus shelter designs to enhance the passenger experience and attract more riders.