Innovative Urban Park Benches: Outdoor Seating

Creative Ideas Of Park Seating From Around The World.

Jul 24, 2015
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“Public spaces create a society where people from different strata socially meet and  integrate."

Garden Benches are more than a spot for rest in urban parks. New organisation of social space allows multiple functions like stretching, playing and many other interactive sessions which have been possible through a thoughtful coupling of design ideas and technology.  Technology now has been shaped to meet our human need for social interaction.

Rethinking of outdoor benches in innovative ways has been done in these  designs:

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Driftwood propylene sculptural seat

  • Beautiful combination of natural and hi-tech materials.
  • Textured surfaces blend with new technology.
  • Accordion-folded sheet of white propylene (a plastic material) draped over a piece of driftwood, attached with white lacquered metal bars. 
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Transforming bench

  • Beautiful and neat composition of wood and metal.
  • Contemporary innovative seating can be converted  as a table partially and the rest of the space to be used for seating.
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Fresh Chair park bench entraps solar energy and creates a cooling mist

  • Elegant art sculpture rather than a piece of furniture.
  • Park bench soaks in the sun from that enormous disk atop, and also acts as shade from sun's rays.
  • Ambient LED lighting at night powered by the energy harnessed from the disk on top.
  • During summer time the bench produces cooling mist.
  • Bunch of green plants also growing up within the bench.
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Red Origami

  • Inspiration from the local art of paper cutting.
  • Fiberglass used here itself has paper properties, plasticity, convenient site construction, and ease of maintenance during use.
  • Meeting both artistic and aesthetic visual experience is the key to this "red origami" success.
  • Red colour complements the green background preferred match for the background.
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Baltimore Bus Stop Bench

  • The bench is composed of three 14-foot-high wooden letters.
  • Two to four people can be accommodated in the letters of BUS each and protect them from rain, sun, wind, and inclement weather.
  • The sculpture is a thoughtful composition of wood and steel.
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Cubench

  • Manufactured from 4mm thick mild steel.
  • Available in Stainless Steel finish also.
  • E-coated and powder coated.
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Oval Seat

  • Seat that  uses the local architecture as  its inspiration.
  • The church behind the seat featured stone carvings and this became the basis of the design, with stainless steel engraving.
  • Innovative street furniture Manufactured in Naturally Very Durable Hardwood and marine grade stainless steel. 
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The Longest Bench, Littlehampton

  • Conceived as a playscape.
  • Bronze-finished twisted forms, which have no front or back, with views of the sea framed by the looping bench.
  • Longest Bench is like charm bracelet gifted to the town: a delicate piece of jewellery that can accommodate new and varied additions.
  • The bench is made from hardwood bars reclaimed from sources and rescued from landfill
  • Hardwood bars are arrayed to accommodate complex shapes. 


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Swan Bench

  • Traditional, beautiful and artistic swan bench.
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Pebble

  • Organically shaped seating sculpture acts both as furniture and a beautiful piece of art, street furniture amalgamating function and design.
  • Fibreglass construction with a smooth resin finish and UV protection.
  • Pebble seating can be used as individual seating sculptures or in groups. 
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The Sinus Bench

  • Unique concept of tree grid and seating elements.
  • The bench use surface grating, providing ample protection for tree and more public space available.
  • Steel plates bent on a trapezoidal profile
  • Unique seat pattern with plastic 'button pads' thermally isolates the unpleasantly cold metal while providing the ultimate sitting comfort.
  • A subtle yet important detail is the option of having the bench optically 'grow' right out of the pavement.
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Rotating park benches

To resolve the ill-weather accidents, rotating park benches can be rotated by simply turning a handle in case of rainy weather and have the dry side up and sit on it.

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Spaghetti Bench

As the name suggests Spaghetti Bench by Pablo Reinoso resembles spaghetti strands hanging on the walls, wooden slats continue and curl like spaghettis.

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Urban Bench

Innovative urban bench, stylish composition of concrete base, natural wooden Wood battens and a planter, perfectly suitable for contemporary outdoor setting.

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The Red Ribbon - Tanghe River Park

Red Ribbon, originally a garbage dumping site along the river, has been beautifully urbanised while maintaining ecological balance. It is made up of  fibre steel, elegantly lit inside and glows bright red during night time and stretches up to 500 meters and gives orientation across the forest.

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ChitChat

Chitchat, the contemporary circular street furniture, solves the purpose of bringing people closer outdoors. It comprises of a wooden bench and rocking trees for a playful effect and making outdoors less boring.

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BERTA

Contemporary public bench, made out of aluminium plate, electro polished and anodised finish with plant motifs, can be fitted with LED lights for  night time and also highlight motifs.

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MUSICAL BENCH

Musical bench, with mosaic backsplash in overlapping blue and green ovals, which also acts as backrest. The bench is fitted with a lamp for light during  night time. The music played by staff, tracks created by city associations gets activated at the push of a button.

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Tube, Alexander Taylor

Stainless steel glossy tube seating, by Alexander Taylor, has been inspired by felled logs which reflects the environment and offers a place of repose for  passers-by.

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Infinity Bench, Martino Gamper

The Infinity bench designed by Martino Gamper, made out of thermally modified wood battens which have been arrayed in an aesthetically appealing way and may go well with both contemporary and traditional outdoor setup. 

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Wrap Around Bench

Wraparound bench delivers 360-degree views by encircling the majestic trees, providing shaded seating for relaxation or chitchat.

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Sky Station

Sky station, innovative public seating by designer Peter Newman, is an awesome place to sit in the sun or stargazing. Identical to a miniature UFO, curves have been designed in such a way as to support the human body in reclined position.

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Floor Mounted Park Bench with Bike Rack in Steel

A neat and vigorous urban furniture in steel, stable and firm combination of bike rack and seating, one may just park his bike next to him while relaxing outdoors.

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“Lift”

Lift seating, is redeployable and wave like seating, with a virtual bending of grass surface. This garden seating provides a zone of relaxation; grass plane is bent upward at the centre serves as seating.

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Solar Tree

Looks more like a solar sculpture in urban environment, inbuilt solar panels which absorb sun's rays during daytime and LED lights illuminate the surroundings at night. 

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Leaf

Leaf shaped bench in metal, serves as a visual connection between natural landscape and  man-made design.

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DEGRAU

Contemporary style concrete bench which adapts conveniently to uneven grounds.

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Escofet

Polished concrete benches with transparent glass beads fitted into the bench, attractive telluric light running along the seat and highlighting different spaces as well.

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Enzis

Stackable modular outdoor seating with fire resistant technology and resistance to damage.

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Altiform

Urban street furniture out of recycled plastic, with ability to withstand harsh outdoor environment without corrosion or breakdown.

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Rainbow Park Bench

Interesting bright rainbow coloured bench makes outdoors more cheerful.

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Natural bench

Artistic wooden bench carved out of tree trunk, impressive form indicating butterfly held in human hands.

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Birthday Bench

Vibrant and colourful mosaic bench running around the perimeter of outdoor space at an upper level like a serpentine by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain.

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Visual permeability pavilion

Outdoor seating sculpture with multiple types of spaces in a single module. Smooth curvy change in levels of wooden ribs allows casual interaction space.

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Tulip seat

Innovative bright coloured tulip shaped furniture adds fun to the outdoor. 

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Oasis: Ecofriendly Bench

Oasis by its name is a place of refuge with privacy in all seasons, this red and white eco friendly bench made from recycled rubber has umbrella like disc fiberglass cubicle with rotating screens for gutsy wind flows and a canopy on top made to house solar panel for light and heating provisions with 800 watt heater for chilly winters.

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TIME: Green Public Seating

Bringing greenery to spaces where there was none, this eco- friendly idea for public outdoor seating include wooden benches and grassy platform supported by wood and stone base.

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Crazily Contorted Park Benches

"Modified Social Benches" is a public art installation with minor distortions, added beneficial features to the benches, and some make the benches entirely unusable but it draws attention. The goal of the project is interaction between public and the benches.

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Carbon Fibre Bench & Stone Seating

By twisting a single string of carbon fibre around a form that was later on removed. This bench marks the revolution in outdoor seating with its unique design and is incredibly durable.

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Huge Sudeley Bench

9 meter long object which consists of 3 steel bars start from one end as abstract swirling form flowing into an actual "seat' of a bench and continuous looping again till end.

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Letter Bench

Hand carved folded timber bench supported on stainless steel frame, conceptualised from a actual letter sent by a patient in the form of a folded postcard with a stainless steel stamp designed for a hospital outdoor. It assures the patient of the experience.

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Bamboo Bench

A bundle of brown bamboo poles strapped together without screws and glue in smart and simple way with just 4 belts of stainless steel holding the shape.

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Basket Bench

The bench has three layers of the woven metal each pillowing up over the previous level creating a cloud-like effect. The interlinked sheets have been riveted together at the bottom edge, it's made from sheets of brushed aluminium which were cut into strips and interlaced in a basket weave method.

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Muungano Bench

This bench pays homage to the typography industry, it is  made from laser cut that forms the word "muungano" which means union. The bench fulfils its role of being a functional surface.

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TRUCK TAILGATE

Garden bench made using old tailgate, re-use before recycle is the concept behind this DIY bench which uses scraps of metal transformed and reserved for unique look.

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Concrete Planter Bench

Go green and have plants and shrubs growing in the back and side of concrete seating for an urban look that sits effortlessly next to nature.

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Wood public seating

This seating concept invites passer-by to come and rest. This asterisk like bench provides privacy, back support and house a planter. This concrete and wooden public seating is an eye pleasing pattern.

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Tree Bench

The form symbolize unity in diversity and resembles a large tree cut in half and is an experiment in social behaviour. The branching decides how people congregates on the bench.

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Buyuks

Large S shaped bench for outdoor seating that can accommodate 35 people easily, is inspired from river. Its body is made of concrete and seating in wood and metal.

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Sonsuz

Sonsuz, meaning infinity is designed so from concrete and wood mould keeping in mind enclosed play area for kids with vegetation, grass and trees.

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Megacomb

Useful for large gathering in parks, it's an extremely long sculpture that can sit 40 people and still be extended even more. Made from metal, tubular steels pieces are bended, chromed, welded and painted.

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Akim

Akim means flow, it's a large piece sculpture rather than ordinary seating made out of metal and wood. A constant flow of atomic atomic particles for an outdoor seating.

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Grillseater

Inspired from bones of animals with unique start and end design and repeating infinity signs, a strong public seating that can support many people at once.

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Sunshine

This design is a barrier and protection for trees while providing space for 12 people composed from rotomolding of plastic.

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Union Bench

A futuristic yet classic design, willing according to the state of mind bench wanting to socially interact. Designed with fiberglass and teak seats enhances the public and urban experience.

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Sliding Public Bench

Wanting to move a bit closer to someone without making it too obvious? These seats on marble bed can shuffle, slide and swivel on this fun movable bench. Certainly adding fun moments to still outdoor sitting experience.

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Boomerang Bench in Wood

New age trendy public bench created by Anna Szonyi resembles the shape of a boomerang. It is designed out of multiple repetitive elements that can be rotated in an angle of 90 degree along the linear path allowing the user to move and adjust their seat. It is supported by a bracket of steel in a mirrored version of the seat members. This beautiful furniture piece is adaptive and flexible.


Vandana WK
Vandana WK

I am an architect by profession. I completed my Master in Construction Management from Pune. With hands on work experience on various projects in reputed interior design firms, I wish to put my design ideas into words on this platform of sharing articles. I have created a fresh perspective to help the readers tackle a project, and embrace... | more articles from Vandana

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