Understanding the diversity of events and programs Oi! offers, we try to devise a proposal that is inspired by traditional objects while bestowing upon it a modern interpretation to cater for the flexible uses, layouts and programs so that the intervention is not static but dynamic and changeable. It could evolve based on contexts and occasions with the community.
Benches are very mundane objects in HK public spaces but they contribute so much to the culture and communities of Hong Kong. From dai pai dong wood benches in the old days to a common bench in a contemporary park in Hong Kong, benches provide a social space for resting, chatting, playing or even dining. While benches could have different forms and functions as stated above, “Branching Benches” tries to reinterpret the benches that could cater to many different community scenarios through a highly mobilizable and modular system. It can change its layout and forms based on where it is placed in Oi! and what is needed based on the different programs or events.