Haptic + Perceptible

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jake@designhousestudio.co.uk Composite Theme Submission

Bench Numbers:
1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12
Estimated Hours Taken:
Timber, Natural Stone (Slate)
Ground Preparation:
sub base of recycled Type 1 MOT
Fixings / installation:
1. Install suitable foundation pads of Type 1 MOT to support the weight of the bench or stool each with top face at ground level or 100mm below finished ground level

2. Position bench in correct orientation with bases centrally on foundation pads.

3. Check level & re-instate ground level if necessary (sub-surface fix).
To maximise life expectancy the benches should be visually inspected on a regular basis for any signs of damage, vandalism, build-up of salt, dirt or atmospheric residue, and loose connections.

Some basic maintenance will be required to get the maximum life from timber and preserve its appearance.

A visual check should be completed, at least annually, whereby any splinters or sharp edges of wood are lightly sanded to remove them.

If the timber starts to deteriorate and its aesthetic value cannot be maintained then it should be changed for a like for like replacement. Where a replacement is made, then there will be a shading difference against any existing timber that remains, this is due to the weathering effect of wood in service.
budget estimate £1500
About your theme:
The basic idea behind the concept is reduction, removing the none essential and working with basic natural elements. This work is an approach to embody the fascinating versatility of natural stone and reify it in different ways. Equally tangible and abstract they leave space for interpretation, for the individual approach of the visitor towards the particular object.

The benches will not have an obvious back or front allowing for free interpretation and use of the object = seat / table / sitting / resting/contemplating/ meeting. Every visitor / user decides the use whichever way he sees fit. Children use the benches in the different way than and elderly person. The potential uses of the objects remain open.

The natural stone elements will have minimal intervention: rough sawn or split face surfaces. The timber elements are interlocking with the stone, without use of fasteners, through simple woodworking craftsmanship allowing for easy maintenance.