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Gdański Urban Sofa

YEAR
2018

CLIENT
Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia

LOCATION
Gdańsk, PL

PROGRAM
street furniture

AREA
30 sqm

STATUS
invited competition

TEAM
Budcud: Mateusz Adamczyk, Agata Woźniczka (authors), Paweł Mytnik, Jakub Pagacz, Kasia Zabielska

Gdański Urban Sofa


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Gdansk Old Town is a touristic showcase of its symbols and treasures – flamboyant merchant tenement houses, amber goods and marine traditions.

Historically, local identity and social position were also manifested in furnishing the city houses with Gdansk furniture – of which today’s version is an ostentatious caricature. Wishing to enrich the vernacular symbolic landscape, we decided to bring back (with a postmodern twist) the iconic furniture style in form of a public bench.

Gdansk furniture used to be heavily ornamented, ponderous and grand, just as the Gdansk urban sofa we propose for the Holy Ghost street. The elegant, yet contextual object has contemporary detailing and subtle zoning – larger seats provide meeting places, plantpots calm spaces below inhabitants’ windows and deep niches let the commuters rest from the touristic buzz. New Gdansk sofa is a vernacular icon for all – contextual, accessible and comfortable.