Huge protective concrete Cubes are a common sight in public spaces. They possess a hostile symbolic content which influences the behaviour and mindset of people. By evolving these cubes to become massive seating objects, the BENTO still ensures safety, but also has a positive symbolism, which is emphasised by its colour and shape. The BENTO changes harsh borders to soft, usable and inviting transition zones, creating a public space that is welcoming to people.
Statement of the jury
Designing the cement barriers now placed in many locations as colourful public benches is as simple as it is ingenious. A brilliant idea that makes a virtue out of necessity.