A Slope Wherever You Want

Bustler writes that Ferpect, a French design collective, recently won the top prize at the French street furniture design biennale for their work Dune, which is being exhibited at La Défense square in Paris until the end of the year. Ferfect is a group of architects, engineers, and thinkers.

Ferfect says their Dune system is a piece of “micro-architecture” that can be moved around depending on the climate. The front side of the 20-degree acacia-wood slopes allows for sunbathing and people watching while the rear frame of pine slats provides shelter from the wind or sun. 



The team has also built in tables, shelves, and benches, allowing for users to “check a document out of the wind” or “have lunch with colleagues.”


Ferfect thinks their “interchangeable and easily transportable modules” could be assembled into larger islands. Like a real dune, the system could be highly changeable, evolving with the elements, moving from place to place in a park. We could these popping up in the many empty, underutilized plazas in downtowns across the globe.


See more images.

Also, check out another fascinating piece of street furniture: a 2,000-foot-long undulating art installation you can actually sit on. UK-based architecture firm Studio Weave, who created the unique public amenity for the town of Littlehampton in West Sussex, writes about its benches’ journey through the town: “The structure sinuously travels along the promenade, meandering around lampposts, bending behind bins, and ducking down into the ground to allow access between the beach and the Green.”


Something we really like to hear: The design team says the project was made entirely of reclaimed materials. “The Longest Bench is made from thousands of hardwood bars reclaimed from sources including old seaside groynes (including Littlehampton’s!) and rescued from landfill.”


Image credits: (1-5) Ferfect via Bustler, (6-7) Studio Weave

One thought on “A Slope Wherever You Want

  1. Mark near Littlehampton 07/13/2012 / 8:46 am

    The Longest Bench (together with the equally innovative East Beach Cafe building) have really lifted the sea front at Littlehampton.

    Both buildings / installations are examples of how creative design can make a huge difference to a tired public space.

    I really like both of them and they’ve turned something which many people though essentially rather dull into something pretty cool.

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