As a part Urban Play 2, Droog Design and curator Scott Burnham have asked NL Architects to bring in ideas for interactive urban interventions. Urban Play is an exhibition and an interactive route along the IJ River. Urban Play believes that “street-level inventiveness, energy and innovation is the future of creativity in the city”. It will be shown as part of this year’s Experimenta Design Amsterdam 2008 (EXDA), the international design festival first organized in Lisbon in 1999.
One of NL’s contributions is the Boom Bench. The Boom Bench is ‘regular’ street furniture with an added value. Since the Walkman and the Boom Box music became mobile. People carry music and play it over headphones, or, more popular every day, over small speakers in their Cell phones or iPods. Especially kids like to go Public, they like to share. The music extends their personality onto the streets. But so far the sound quality of these devices is poor.
In order to boost the capacity the Boom Bench features eight 60-watt co-axial speakers and two subwoofers that can be accessed through Bluetooth. The Boom Bench in a way is a super-sized Docking Station. Connect your player to the amplifier and take control. Now you can play your music with 95 dB high quality sound. A Bass Shaker in the seat transforms the deep sounds into vibrations that enhance the physical sensation of your tunes.
Playing loud music in public will either attract or repel people. As such it will shape the place. Either you start an instant party or mark your territory. The music will become an acoustic sign.
The first Boom Bench will be placed on the North bank of the River IJ, right in the physical center of Amsterdam. The Boom Bench will go online on September 18 for a period of 6 weeks.
filmed and directed by Levi Verspeek
staring himself and all his girls
NL Architects: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Experimenta Design Amsterdam 2008
Droog Design / Urban Play Event 2
Project manager: Nora Schuit
Designer / Project Architect:
Is a display system made from sheet metal based on steps of 33 x 33 x 33 cm. Two of these steps can be stacked and assembled in different ways. They form different spacial configurations.
There are magnetic bars, knobs and coat-hangers carved from beech wood to fix items on the Z Step. In this way it becomes easy and versatile to show any kind of item like books, magazines, shoes, clothes, accessories, or other kind of products.
dimension one step:
33 x 33 x 99 cm
Camera: Anneke Mak
Photos: Michael Schoner
Assistant and Styling: Selina Parr