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The Longest Bench, West Sussex, United Kingdom

The longest bench in Britain was opened to the public in Littlehampton, West Sussex on the 30th July 2010.

The bench seats over 300 people along Littlehampton’s promenade, overlooking the town’s award-winning Blue Flag beach. Designed by Studio Weave, the structure sinuously travels along the promenade, meandering around lampposts, bending behind bins, and ducking down into the ground to allow access between the beach and the Green. Like a seaside boardwalk the Longest Bench rests gently on its habitat and adapts to its surroundings while like a charm bracelet it connects and defines the promenade as a whole, underlining it as a collection of special places that can be added to throughout its lifetime.

The bench is made from thousands of tropical hardwood slats engraved with messages from its supporters. The timber is 100% reclaimed from sources including old seaside groynes and rescued from landfill. The beautiful variety of reclaimed timbers are interspersed with splashes of bright colour wherever the bench wiggles, bends or dips.

A project by: Studio Weave Architecture

 

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