Concrete is bang on trend: The current trend is to implement seating in outdoor areas simply by using cast concrete. Although this looks stylish, it also brings with it a major disadvantage: In Central European latitudes, concrete blocks can only be used in the height of summer. On most other days of the year they are cold, damp, wet and very susceptible to dirt.
This unpleasant circumstance was also experienced by a school in Munich, which was looking for a cost-effective way to make the existing concrete cubes available for year-round use.
Solution with Erlau
The seat section "Style", which is usually screw-connected in benches, is fixed onto the concrete pedestal. In the aforementioned Munich project, the seat section was bolted directly to the concrete, without adapter brackets. Fixing with an adapter is the more common variant, which offers clear advantages in cleaning.
In order to make optimal use of the plinth and make it possible to sit on from both sides, the double-seater "Style" seat section with a single-piece wire mesh insert was chosen. The seat section is coated meaning that it can be used quickly again after a downpour on the one hand, and that it is easy to clean and hardly susceptible to dirt on the other hand. Thanks to the thermal insulation the seat section can be used all-year round.
A total of thirteen seat sections were installed.