Inhabitable bench
@Countless Cities Biennial

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CIRCOLO PALERMITANO

Inhabitable bench

@Countless Cities Biennial

Palermo,

2021

"Circolo Palermitano" is a direct, playful representation of Piazza della Martorana. Combining its iconicity with a sophisticated geometrical construction, we create a new trio of modular wooden benches, constructed with CnC-ed pieces cut from 18mm plywood panels. Each bench is conceived as a small architecture, so as to trigger a symbolic and spatial dialogue between the scale of the city and the human body. The benches are indeed inhabitable, formed by permeable ribbed tunnels, culminating with open domes that can be detached - becoming funny architectural costumes.

This trio of wooden animals can be arranged into a linear interlocked scheme - made possible by a peculiar silhouette in plan - or into an open configuration that frames a proper playground. People can physically engage with urban furniture in unconventional ways. We think that, after the last months, it's now time to re-invent how to inhabit public space, envisioning new, performative, playful relationships between citizens and the urban fabric - to creatively question the current usage of our bodies.

Circolo Palermitano embraces everyone who knows, or wants to discover, how to play. Kids, due to their privileged body proportions and imaginative capacity, are the primary players, but everyone is welcome to sit, indulge and see through the holes!

Designed by

Lemonot