This project, in cooperation with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), alongside a team from Munich, was to design a public solar charging furniture, primarily for the area of Capetown, South Africa
Facing not only the challenge to design a technically complex product, but also the mission to make it appropriate for another country and culture, there was a lot to learn for us. After research, intercultural workshops and a firm briefing from the south african party, we started gathering moods and ideas through research, sketching and tiny models.
Moods and ideas
Prepared with inspiration, insights, ideas and drafts, we visited the students in Cape Town in order to present and discuss possible solutions. The direct communication was very important for us and their thoughts and objections to our ideas enabled us to come back with a clearer picture of what we had to work on.
As a solution we came up with a modular and very open design, which provides shadow and seating accommodations as well as information graphics about solar power. Being able to work as one single module as well as in combination with many more, it can be attached to many places and creates an interesting and playful surrounding.
Rendering of the top view
Exhibition room in Munich
We will keep working on this! Stay up to date on our Blog.
Project partners: Fynn Eckstein, Christopher Gros, Hannah Gorkenant, Bella Illenberger - 2016