Albert Viaplana + Helio Piñón
1988
Banco-U de hormigón gris de Albert Viaplana + Helio Piñón en Barcelona
Banco-U de hormigón gris de Albert Viaplana + Helio Piñón en Barcelona

The Banco-U and Silla-U are characterised by their surprising cross section, which offsets the weight of the base with the weightlessness of the bench. Its fine, curved back, ergonomically designed to be embraced by the arms, forms a contrast with the thick base, which provides stability to the unit and allows the user to comfortably rest their feet or bags. The seat and bench are self-standing and can be placed directly on the grass or terrain without the need for building work.

Banco-U de hormigón gris de Albert Viaplana + Helio Piñón en Barcelona
Silla-U de hormigón gris de Albert Viaplana + Helio Piñón en Barcelona
Banco-U de hormigón gris de Albert Viaplana + Helio Piñón
Silla-U de hormigón gris de Albert Viaplana + Helio Piñón en Barcelona

This element forms part of the A-E-I-O-U “Vocabulary” collection, comprising the Banco-U and Silla-U, Llum-i, Gat-o and Test-e elements. The hint embedded in their compound names implicitly contains the idea of creating a new vocabulary of elements as the expression of the specific response of each one to the same issue: the confrontation between the neutral gravity of fluid concrete and the potential tension it adopts when adapting to different uses. 

Because of their straight cross section, the benches can be aligned to form long lines of benches, while the seats may be used as contradictory elements, either individually or in groups.
 
Concrete reinforced with stainless steel in an etched finish and in the Escofet standard chart colours. Easy to lift and handle with slings, both models are installed recessed and flush with the paving or grass, without requiring any special foundations. They may also simply rest on the paving.
 

Features

Silla-U
140 x 150 x 42 (85) cm / 815 kg
Banco-U
70 x 150 x 42 (85) cm / 408 kg
Materials
Etched and waterproofed Concrete
Etched and waterproofed Recycled Concrete
Colours:

GR. Grey

GR. Grey

NG. Black

NG. Black

BL. White

BL. White

CA. CA Grey

CA. CA Grey

RA. Red

RA. Red

BG. Beige

BG. Beige

GR R. Recycled Grey

GR R. Recycled Grey

NG R. Recycled Black

NG R. Recycled Black

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