itay ohaly: elevated bench
itay ohaly: elevated bench
jan 19, 2011

itay ohaly: elevated bench

‘elevated bench’, designed by itay ohaly

the ‘elevated bench’, the recent work of israeli designer itay ohaly, is urban furniture with a view.

the public benches are constructed at the top of spiral staircases that climb streetlight poles, providing a new perspective on the city streets, as well as a more private space for conversation.

itay ohaly: elevated bench right: detail view of the bench from below

itay ohaly: elevated bench left: full view of bench, from above right: the benches offer a different perspective on the city

itay ohaly: elevated bench altering the colour of the stairs lets ‘elevated bench’ fit naturally into a range of urban environments

itay ohaly: elevated bench ohaly imagines the idea adapted to the exterior walls of buildings, in addition to poles and streetlights

  • John Hejduk came up with a variation on this idea over 15 years ago, a look out tower for one person. This looks more implementable.

  • Would be seen as too dangerous in case of an accident. It could also be seen as a major distraction to drivers. Yes, a bench on the ground is just as vulnerable. But a bench on the ground would never be sited in the middle of a traffic island! And those people who could not jump clear of an out-of-control vehicle on the ground would not then face a 3 metre drop to a concrete floor possibly into the path of traffic. Don’t even think about how safe this would be when alcohol is added to the equation! The fact is that no authority in today’s litigation-crazed society would ever countenance this idea.
    However, purely as an urban artistic installation I absolutely love it!

  • Cool design, but the exterior wall variant would be a very impractical build in terms of support, if it’s cantilevered.

  • I think it’s so crazy because ideas are too open?

  • Oh those wacky Dutch…. I foresee lots of lawsuits!

  • Imagine a 3 year old with suicidal curiosity… And the mother just turned her head around, and while not looking, the baby jumps down!

    I like it though, just sure it could be a viable idea, especially not in these days of budget cuts in government expenses.

  • Good concept. But in the other way could be a nice target. I´d not like to be so exposed.

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