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A custom furniture suite brings light and life to a renewed outdoor space at the Penrith Civic Arts Precinct, also known as the Mondo, a small urban space where the popular Westfield Penrith, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith City Council’s Civic Centre meet. Landscape Architect OCULUS, responding to a brief from Penrith City Council, collaborated with Street Furniture Australia on a new site-specific furniture range. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: The Mondo Penrith Street Furniture Australia


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The Mondo Penrith Street Furniture Australia
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  • A custom furniture suite brings light and life to
    a renewed outdoor space at the Penrith Civic Arts
    Precinct, also known as the Mondo, a small urban
    space where the popular Westfield Penrith, the
    Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and
    Penrith City Councils Civic Centre meet.
    Landscape Architect OCULUS, responding to a brief
    from Penrith City Council, collaborated
    with Street Furniture Australia on a new
    site-specific furniture range.

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An excerpt from the brief
  • Seating creates a comfortable, useable, and
    active public environment where people can rest,
    socialise, eat, read, or people-watch. It is a
    simple gesture that can go far to create an
    important sense of place. Seating creates places
    where people can see and be seen. This ability to
    entice people to linger is the hallmark of great
    and successful public spaces.

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  • The public domain vision for Penriths city
    centre is founded on a place-making approach, and
    aims to create places that are honest, easy and
    generous,' says Karin Schicht, Landscape
    Architecture Supervisor with Penrith City
    Council.
  • This formed the basis of Councils brief to
    design a new suite of seating to be integrated
    with the concept design for the space.

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  • The team created a series of five seats, in 10
    different iterations. Each seat features spotted
    gum battens and is mounted on a concrete plinth.
    Some include LED lighting strips for
    down-lighting, and one tabletop has a chessboard.
  • Art panels have also been integrated into some of
    the seating. We wanted to reflect Penrith-ness
    in the seats, celebrating the connection between
    people and place, says Schicht.

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  • To this end, place-making and public art
    consultancy ARTSCAPE worked with OCULUS and
    Penrith City Council to explore artistic motifs
    and graphics to assist with place-branding,
    drawing out themes which related to
    Penrith-ness, and contributed to the
    composition and illumination of the panels.

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  • We looked at how a multi-dimensional seating
    arrangement could provide opportunities for
    self-expression, given the Mondo is located next
    to a performance venue, says David Cianci,
    Managing Director of ARTSCAPE.
  • The images are backlit with LED lighting strips,
    using an opal coloured vinyl substrate to diffuse
    light and allow them to glow at night. The art
    component of the seats represents the
    multifaceted life of the city and works
    thematically with the modular seating design,
    says Simon Trick, Senior Landscape Architect with
    OCULUS.

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  • Penrith is made up of a multitude of people with
    diverse backgrounds, stories, ideas, experiences
    and talents Like how an image is made up of a
    multitude of pixels that create an entire
    picture, we understand Penrith to be made up of
    individual characters who contribute to the
    entire character of Penrith, he says.

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  • We took this concept of pixelation as a
    generator for our design development and created
    a number of forms that could interlock, rotate
    and flip to create numerous configurations, while
    still being simple to manufacture in a modular
    manner. We took this same theme with the creation
    of the artworks.

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  • Another key design consideration in the brief was
    for seating to be intergenerational and
    inclusive, meeting Councils accessibility
    targets. This included a minimum of 40 per cent
    of seating with backs and armrests, two seat
    heights (450mm and 500mm) and ensuring adjacent
    wheelchair spaces to enable in-line seating.

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  • Penrith City Council worked closely with Street
    Furniture Australia to further develop
    the furniture to be suitable for manufacture.
  • The attention to detail and aim for quality is
    a testament to the Street Furniture Australia
    team, says Schicht. Street Furniture Australia
    were very helpful in assisting and providing
    advice on the buildability and delivery of the
    designs, adds Trick.

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  • The Street Furniture Australia team also tested
    and developed solutions for wiring each concrete
    plinth, with the careful positioning of
    voids. The creation and testing of prototypes was
    extremely helpful in ironing out nuisances before
    we went into full production. The resulting
    furniture, says Trick, provides a distinct sense
    of identity to the Mondo.

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  • The community has thoroughly welcomed the new
    vibrant space and it sees a high volume of people
    occupying the area to eat their lunch, wait for a
    performance at the theatre, meet up with friends,
    enjoy the sunshine, play some chess, check their
    phones, jump from seat to seat and generally
    enjoy a revitalised and unique space for
    Penrith, he says.

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  • Frame Bin Enclosures, with geometric
    perforations, support the seating in this
    refreshed local hotspot. Seeing the different
    ways the public is interacting with the new space
    has been a pleasure, says Schicht.

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  • Whether a solo lunch-goer, weary parents with
    curious toddlers taking time-out from shopping,
    or small groups meeting and socialising, the
    seating delivers choice, flexibility and is
    inherently Penrith,
  • It is a constant delight to witness the many
    ways the community has adapted to and embraced
    this place. They have made it their own.

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  • To know more information, visit us

http//streetfurniture.com/au/
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