Aluminium Bench applies architectural manufacturing processes to the scale of furniture. It uses extrusions and a rolling process that metal fabricator Zahner has developed for complex, curvilinear building façades. The bench was designed for Zahner’s web-based software platform ShopFloor, which combines generative algorithms and 3D software—a combination that has advanced architectural manufacturing—and results in a streamlined production of highly individualized shapes. ShopFloor allows the user to determine the curvature, length, and colour of the bench for specific architectural contexts. There is a minimum bend radius of approximately four feet, but beyond that any shape or length bench is possible.
For The Sainsbury Gallery, a curved twelve-metre long bench follows the path taken by visitors through the gallery. Enjoy the Aluminium Bench as a resting place while you explore the architecture, light and sound works on display.
Part of REVEAL, a week-long festival celebrating the Museum's architecture, heritage and history.