Parked Bench

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The portable micro-park replaces two standard car parking spaces, to provide urban greening, public seating, and air quality monitoring functions.

The approach was to create a singular sculptural seating element around which zones of planting and small pockets of public space could occur and overlap, encouraging passers-by to stop and gather. The resulting interwoven seating and planting provide a buffer zone to the busy road, and create an organic extension of the pavement.

Materials are low cost and offthe shelf, with the bench and base elements constructed entirely from standard scaffolding boards. The parklet also houses an air quality monitor that feeds real-time data to an app and website designed by Kings College London, forming part of their wider network of air quality data collection points within London.

This first parklet was delivered as part of the Team London Bridge ‘Fresh Air Squares’ initiative in 2015, supported by the Transport for London Future Streets Incubator fund. Additional benches were installed in and around the London Bridge area in 2016-17, with further versions and configurations in 2018-2019.

Project details

Design: WMB studio
Project Location: Southwark, London, United Kingdom
Typology: Parklet
Built: 2019
Design year: 2015
Client: Team London Bridge
Photo credits: © Ed Butler

WMB studio

WMB studio

WMB is a design studio. They work on projects that range in scale, from street furniture to buildings. They develop conceptually inventive projects with a clear diagrammatic approach. An exploration of geometric form underpins design processes, alongside fascination for how things are made and assembled. Regardless of scale or budget, their projects are focused on creating a beautiful, functional and enriching experience for those who encounter them