We were approached by Hutchison Kivotos Architects of London to develop design concepts. They came to us as they wanted to source high quality craftsmanship within Dorset. ‘Craft’ was a key element in the refurbishment of the arcade; this was also reflected in new skylight roof structures for which we also helped source sustainable local materials for.
The final form of the bench is a snaking question mark, providing over 11 metres of seating in one run. The scorched oak seat slats follow the gently curved shape. Contrasting natural oak chair and bench forms rise to form seating opportunities on all faces; single throne like chairs, love seats (side by side but on opposite faces), 3-seater benches as well as areas of open bench.
This helps to create all sorts of sitting opportunities and social interactions (or not in the case the single seats at each end). The inside face of the curve offers some natural protection from the stream of shoppers passing and trolleys heading into the Waitrose store just metres away.