In 2011, the Council of Noia (a small town on the Galician coast) started the renovation of the urban furniture of its historic area through a public spaces improvement and local commercial sector revitalization program called ‘Noia Intramuros’. In order to implement this renovation they decide to support non-commercial solutions, produced in a half-handmade way by professionals of the surrounded area in order to contribute to the revitalization of local economy and minimize environmental costs arising from manufacturing and logistics.
A flexible system of benches with one, two and three seats is conceived, able to adapt to the diversity of spaces that are generated in the whimsical urban layout of the Middle Ages. Benches integration in this ancient context is given by features such as the emphasis on horizontal proportions, the unfinished look which gives the asymmetry or the selection of materials that help us to establish a direct relationship with surrounding buildings.
Regarding to litter bin and planter, the main determinant to develop them derives from the small size of historic center public space, which mainly consists of narrow streets and alleys. Given this consideration it’s conceived a furniture where perpendicular dimension to the street axis is reduced at the minimum, resulting in characteristic elongated proportions.