Pop-Up Multi-Use Street Furniture In Utrecht
The Pop-Up solves the problem of public place seating, without needing extra space.
Just days after we wrote about a Dutch pop-up public urinal, comes news of a bit of street furniture with a similar principle installed in the city of Utrecht. Designed by Carmela Bogman and Rogier Martens, the Pop-Up is hidden underground in the pavement and can be manually pumped out when needed. The furniture is made from three retractable bollards on which aluminum sheets are attached. The pumping system is hydraulic so that the bollards can be fixed at any height and users get the choice to create several furniture combinations such as a bench, stage or a lounge area. The keys to the pumping system are distributed in the neighborhood for residents to use the furniture. After using it, the Pop-Up can be pumped back into the pavement, creating a street without obstacles.