City of Sydney Street Furniture

Client City of Sydney Council

Stage Completed 2016

Demonstrating the value of quality design at a human scale

This robust, sleek and finely engineered suite of public furniture was designed for the City of Sydney, to reflect the city’s heritage, culture and lifestyle.

We believe public domain furniture is part of a city’s cultural identity. While it might seem small at the scale of a city, a system of coordinated furniture elements forms part of the city’s character, enriching and connecting its various parts together, creating a sense of place.

The new furniture range references the forms of industrial folded and fashioned metal plate, pared back timber and the strong contrast between light and shade that is a feature of the Sydney context.

The range developed includes seating, garbage bin capsules, bollards, light poles, a water bubbler, tree grate with guard and signage pylons. While the function of each of the products is quite different, we wanted to create a ‘family of elements’ that visually look to be part of suite. This has been achieved through consistent detailing, materials, finishes and manufacturing processes. We created two materials palettes- a stainless steel palette for the city centre and bronze for the surrounding urban ‘villages’.

The range of new elements will be employed across the city’s varied urban spaces from the central business district, new urban developments, light rail upgrade, parks and surround suburbs.

Project Team

Director

Alec Tzannes

Team

Bruce Chadlowe

Carl Holder

Allison Cronin

Project details

Client City of Sydney Council

Awards

  • 2016 / Good Design Award Gold Winner / Product Furniture and Lighting
  • 2016 / Good Design Award Gold Winner / Architectural Place Design
  • 2016 / Red Dot Product Design Award / Product Design

Collaborators

  • Client

    -

    City of Sydney Council
  • Access

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    8 Squared
  • Lighting

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    Webb Australia
  • Structural

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    TTW
  • Manufacturer

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    ABUD
  • Photographer

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    Ben Guthrie
  • Photographer

    -

    Gerrit Fokema

The range developed includes seating, garbage bin capsules, bollards, light poles, a water bubbler, tree grate with guard and signage pylons. While the function of each of the products is quite different, we wanted to create a ‘family of elements’ that visually look to be part of suite. This has been achieved through consistent detailing, materials, finishes and manufacturing processes.

Collaborators

  • Client

    -

    City of Sydney Council
  • Access

    -

    8 Squared
  • Lighting

    -

    Webb Australia
  • Structural

    -

    TTW
  • Manufacturer

    -

    ABUD
  • Photographer

    -

    Ben Guthrie
  • Photographer

    -

    Gerrit Fokema

Awards

  • 2016 / Good Design Award Gold Winner / Product Furniture and Lighting
  • 2016 / Good Design Award Gold Winner / Architectural Place Design
  • 2016 / Red Dot Product Design Award / Product Design