Resembling a morning glory, SPOTLIGHT – PUBLIC SEATING has a petal-like film canvas that provides shade against sunlight and shelter from the rain. At night, it becomes a projection screen at night. With an interactive voice sensing system installed, the projection produces sparkling images of fireflies and landscapes to enhance communication between people. As a result, the seats become a small public art that creates an opportunity for community gathering.
The circular arrangement of chairs provides seats all-around and promotes interaction between people. A circular table forming an inner circumference offers an appropriate height for reading, picnicking and using electronic devices. The film canvas is a sunshade, a rain shelter, and a light condenser. Rainwater is diverted and flows through the opening in the middle to keep the seats dry. The canvas, which becomes a large ambient light source at night, illuminates the environment. People can also interact with the projection light through the voice sensing system.
The base is constructed with a simple and stable triangular pyramid structure. It supports the circular desk and seats. Distribution wires are hidden within the support column that extends from the rear corners of the pyramid. The support column also holds up the canvas, making this multi-functional seating simple and neat.
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, R.O.C