City Bench Success

Cass architecture alumnus is one of ten winners in design competition from London Festival of Architecture

Date: 14 June 2018

Nicholas Kirk Architects, a practice established by an alumnus of the Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture at The Cass is one of ten winners of the City Benches design competition organised by London Festival of Architecture, City of London Corporation and Cheapside Business Alliance. 

Money Box is a bench formed of 45000 penny coins stacked vertically to form 3 monolithic plinths. Situated outside London Bridge Station, Money Box has been inspired by its context in the heart of the City and aims to challenge  perceptions of physical currency during uncertain economic times. In the words of the designers, " As financial institutions struggle to control the growth of the digital economy, Money Box provides an outlet to spend our hard earned cash."

Ten design teams were selected to install a series of one-off public benches to transform the public realm around the Cheapside and Eastern City Cluster districts of the City during the 2018 London Festival of Architecture. 

With the competition open to architecture and design students, recent graduates and emerging practices, the selected designers each demonstrated a unique vision for street furniture that will enliven the urban environment, and serve the growing number of people using the streets and open spaces of the City and beyond.

Read more about the City Benches finalists and their projects  here and be sure to visit Money Box at London Bridge Station, Tooley Street until the 4th July.

Photography: Agnese Sanvito