This is social furniture that enhances our well-being in public spaces and provides a rare moment in the inner city of London for passengers to interact with the tactility and rawness of earth - the natural topography which London sits on.

The bench’s modular system offers different arrangements for different social needs, while the materiality of clay improves indoor air quality by absorbing humidity and toxins. As the Crossrail development excavates 6 million tons of earth – it is time to re-appropriate construction waste.

By / It’s a local collective
Client /
Network Rail and London Festival of Architecture
Clay in Rammed Earth Supplied by / Clayworks
Clay in Rammed Earth Applied by / Guy Valentine
Photography / Jim Stephenson

Publications /
Architects Journal 01 02 03
Architectural Association

Awards /
Dezeen Awards 2021 [Longlisted]