Cochlea/Urban enclosed bench
By 2030, almost 60% of the world’s population will be living in urban environments. Noise in the cities is invading our private space and has a negative impact on our well-being. Cochlea, is a seat designed public locations, designed to address the problem of noise by offering a new acoustic experience of the city. Its form is inspired by the shape of the nautilus seashell. Sitting in Cochlea provides an experience similar to holding a shell to your ear, but one of listening to the sound of your city rather than that of the sea.
Cochlea, offers a new approach to the design of public furniture, driven by the acoustics of the urban environment and its impact on our quality of life. Fabricated from Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC), Cochlea is environmentally friendly and blends well with the surrounding environment within cities. The aim of this project is to create a new form of public space where people can sit and relax, even in the busiest and noisiest part of the cities.