TwinWalentina / Britta Alvermann, Massimiliano Corbo / Italy, Bologna / Архитектурный объект


Конструкция скамейки TwinWalentina основана на идее двойственности; это городской объект, гибкий и функциональный, способный вращаться в окружающем его пространстве.

TwinWalentina — это вариант городской мебели, способной адаптироваться к любым общественным пространствам и взаимодействовать одновременно с двух сторон, где бы он ни находился.

Являясь модулем в более широком городском контексте, его повторение или установка «бок о бок» может создавать различные пространства и ситуации простым поворотом или объединением (размещением скамеек близко друг к другу). При помощи этих скамеек можно создавать маленькие площадки (даже из минимального пространства) в общественных парках или на улицах города, затем, чтобы у людей появилось желание остановиться, сделать паузу, назначить встречу или свидание.

Название TwinWalentina отсылает, в первую очередь, к двойственности пространства в его способности служить, с одной стороны, шезлонгом, с другой стороны, — скамейкой. Отдохните на одной стороне и поработайте на другой стороне. Во-вторых, это городской объект, взаимодействующий с местом, который назван в честь знаменитого космонавта Валентины Терешковой, которая родилась в Ярославле.

TwinWalentina — скамья с двойной зоной отдыха, установленная на центральную ось поворота, что позволяет ей вращаться на 360 °.

Все TwinWalentina, в основном, состоят из двух скамеек, шириной 45 см, соединенных друг с другом и имеющих разные функции: с одной стороны — сиденье с шезлонгом, с другой стороны — нормальное сиденье с небольшим столом. При проектировании мы принимали во внимание поверхность скамейки, так чтобы она была легко очищаемой во время дождя.



The design of TwinWalentina bench is based on the idea of duality, it’s a urban object, flexible and functional, allowing the turning of the space surrounding it.

TwinWalentina is a piece of urban furniture that can adapt to any public space and can interface, simultaneously, both sides where ever it is placed.

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As a module in a wider context, its repetition and or its being placed side by side can create different spaces and situations by simply rotating or combining (i.e. putting the bench near to one another). With these benches, you can create small squares, out of minimal spaces in public parks or in the city streets in order to encourage people to stop and pause, promoting meetings, putting the neighbours in touch with each other and supporting a sustainable mobility. 

The name TwinWalentina refers first of all to its duality, to its double face, at the duplicity of the space is its ability to create: on one the side the Chaise longue, on the other side the bench. Relax on one side and work on the other side; seriousness on one side and amusement on the other. Secondly, this urban object, interacting with the space, takes its name after the famous cosmonaut Walentina Tereschkowa, who was born close to Yaroslavl.

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Concept of the project/  FEATURES OF THE PROJECT:

TwinWalentina is made of a double bench with double sitting space installed in a central pivot, allowing it to rotate 360°.

The TwinWalentina bench is primarily made of two benches with a 45 cm sitting space, placed side by side but with different functions: on one side a seat with Chaise longue, and on the other side a normal seat with a little table.

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In planning the bench, we considered that the surface of the sitting area and the seatback, so that it should be easy to clean whilst channeling the rain away.

The final goal of the project is to meet to the needs of the users of the public space, offering them, at the same time, different kinds of usage of the bench whilst creating different relationships with one or another side of the park. To meet this goal, the main structure of the bench helps to hold it and to rotate the sitting place, thanks to a round, tubular section.

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Technical description / MATERIALS DESCRIPTION:

The materials used for TwinWalentina bench are laminated wood and steel. These two materials, conveniently treated to resist atmospheric agents have been chosen for their diversity, with one being almost the opposite of the other, and because of their use, the structure of the bench is visually balanced. Dimensions: 200x100cm, H-75cm

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The estimated cost of the project:  Steel structure, including cutting, welding and ancillary works: € 1200 equal to $1548.

Wooden components, including cutting, assembly and ancillary works: € 800 equal to $1032.


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Britta Alvermann was born in Germany. She graduated in Architecture at the University of Braunschweig in 2001. Enrolled in the “Chambers of Architects” of Bologna/ Italy and Lower Saxony/ Germany, she is collaborating with several professional offices of architecture and engineering. She lives and works as an architect in Bologna since 2004. She is co-founder and, currently, the president of the “Centrotrecento” Association, which is developing, since 2010, the LSP project – Places for Pedestrians Rest – a collective initiative for the invention and transformation of public spaces in Bologna, creating a network of micro-squares, with participatory planning laboratories to promote the culture of sharing. As member of the Culture Commission of the Chamber of Architects in Bologna, she organizes film events and other projects and reviews for the knowledge, the spreading and the communication of Architecture among citizens and professionals.


Massimiliano Corbo was born in Trento/ Italy. He graduated in architecture at the University IUAV of Venice in Architecture in 2006. Member of the Order of Architects of Bologna collaborated with various architectural practices. In recent years he worked for the Saint-Gobain Weber as a Technician Promoter following and collaborating with various design firms in the Marche and Umbria. Follows the course of «Energy Certification for the Emilia-Romagna» achieving success with the title of Certification. Collaborated with the artist Giorgio Bevignani for the competition «PremiosF20012 — FAENA PRIZE IN LAS ARTES».


HO FATTO SPLASH | design competition, September 2009
Competition for the project of a multifunctional beach resort in Pesaro, Italy Published in DESIGNPLAZA | Quid Edizioni | competition promoter

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