a bench that pairs as a planter - outside AIA Portland
I really like this idea of having a functional object, such as a bench, that can have multiple uses. Something that celebrates the relationship between the built and natural environment. Plus, I can always use a little more greenery in my life.
It's a kind of player piano that reads the city like a score. The music it creates is not "harmoious" per se, but then again, what city is? The analogy of architecture as music and vice versa has always been a source of fascination. Goethe was quoted as saying "Architecture is 'frozen music'… Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music."