Cooperative Bench
A modular bench seat that can be combined, rotated for different conditions.


The bench is constructed from a stainless steel (hollow channel) frame with Oak rail seat and back support. The bench can combined to make a long bench, or used to form a small gathering. The blue information panel to the rear is hinged to help form the right angled group. This can contain information leaflets and other documents for the customer. The taller, narrower orange unit is a fixed panel with an perspex identifier which uses the regional state heraldry or some other desirable logo. The coloured units can be made from GRP or another lightweight shop fitting material.

What is the idea behind your Sparda-Bank-Bench?

The idea was to take 2 or 3 simple materials with a simple construction system that symbolised the nature of the bank as a cooperative agent in the lives of the customers. The timber elements are small and lightweight but there are many. The collective nature is represented by the small pieces (customers) held together on a strong frame (the bank).

What makes your Sparda-Bench iconic?

It is hard to be completely unique while achieving a ergonomic solution. The iconic aspect of this design is the accessories and their interaction to form a flexible platform for multiple locations.

Give us an idea of how your bench is produced and at what costs.

The stainless steel frame is designed to be standard module. Stainless steel was chosen so that it would be impervious to weather and capable of standing up to considerable punishment. The oak rails are standard pieces that are screw fixed from the rear of the frame. These can be repaired or renewed easily and are resistant to decay. The accessories are triangular steel framed GRP units which are attached with a simple drop hinge. This allows them to be posited in different geometries.

Is your bench transportable and all weather proof?

The materials are all weatherproof and the lightweight units are easily de-mountable for transportation and for mobility.

Did you use any stock or third party material? Please list all stock, fonts, and creative commons material!

The only third party item is the heraldry for the Baden-Württemberg which is a public domain image sourced from Wikipedia.

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