“Street ware” to add touch of urban cool

“Street ware” to add touch of urban cool

An elegant new suite of outdoor furniture will soon bring local Australian design to the city streets.

Adding ‘urban cool’ to a practical form, the custom designed seats, benches, bubblers, bins, light poles, tree guards and bollards will begin appearing across the city and its surrounding villages later in the year.

“Our city is defined by its quality outdoor, open spaces and we are complementing this with designer functional outdoor furniture,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“A smart approach to our outdoor urban space will encourage locals, workers, and visitors to take to the streets and better enjoy Sydney’s mild climate, enviable light and fantastic open spaces.

“When the City took over areas of Leichhardt and South Sydney Councils, we inherited an inconsistent approach to the street seats, benches and bollards. These attractive new designs will create a unified look and feel for Sydney’s streets and outdoor areas.”

The comfortable customised suite of public domain furniture was designed by award-winning Chippendale architects, Tzannes Associates, and will be manufactured in Sydney.

It features seamless modern forms, with simple curves to reflect light forms, and durable, environmentally-friendly materials. Its palette of bronze, silver and timber will complement the natural elements of the city landscape.

Materials include tough-wearing and 100 per cent recycled stainless steel, energy-saving LED lighting, and Blackbutt timber approved by the Forest Stewardship Council.

All the custom designs comply with Australian standards for accessibility.

Prototypes will be built in the next few months, with the new look public furniture first appearing on George Street and at new developments like Green Square and Barangaroo.

As benches and other outdoor items need replacing throughout the city area, the new designs will replace the old for a consistent palette across the city.

 

For more information, contact City of Sydney Media Adviser Jo Wathen on 0438 669 650 or email jwathen@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

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