Snøhetta designs bench for Nobel Peace Centre that brings people together - architecture and design

Snøhetta designs bench for Nobel Peace Centre that brings people together



A bench designed by architecture firm Snøhetta for the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo is shaped like a partial circle to encourage people to sit closer together and start conversations.
The project is described as a "peace bench" and is titled The Best Weapon, in reference to Nelson Mandela's famous quote, "The best weapon is to sit down and talk".
The six-and-a-half-metre long bench is made from anodised aluminium that was bead blasted and pre-distressed to create a robust surface that will withstand constant use. Nelson Mandela's inspirational quote is engraved into the metal.
Bench will be unveiled at UN headquarters
Snøhetta collaborated with Norwegian outdoor furniture producer Vestre and aluminium specialist Hydro to develop the installation. It will be unveiled at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City this Thursday on Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July.
The bench will remain at the Headquarters' plaza through September before being transferred to its permanent location near Oslo City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually.
Design encourages users to start conversations
The form of the bench represents a section of a circle that touches the ground at its lowest point. The gentle curve of the seat encourages users to sit closer together and creates a setting for conversation.

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