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Ziba JumpSeats Increase Lecture Hall Capacities

 - Jul 5, 2011
References: fastcodesign & designbuzz
Some of the most compelling projects come to be based on sheer need, and these Ziba JumpSeats are a prime example of this. The design firm that conceived them did so because the theater in its new building could not accommodate enough of the bulky conventional drop-down chairs.

The solution to the problem is remarkably simple in looks, but it's an example of resourceful and intelligent engineering. The full thickness of the folded seats is an astounding 4 inches, which eliminates up to 70% of the conventional width. This allows more chairs to be placed down the steps of the assembly room and gives people more room to move around. Plywood slats provide cantilevered support for up to 600 pounds on Ziba JumpSeats, while the clean wood-clad perches sandwich strong sheet steel cores.