Competition entry in Athens Benchmark, organized by the Municipality of Athens.

Modern city dwellers seem to have lost their touch with the colours, textures and aromas of true nature. City parks are common nowadays, however green areas are often treated as enclosed systems, isolated from the fabric of everyday life.

The bench —the only piece of urban equipment that creates space where one can stop and relax— appears as the ideal medium towards repairing the missing connection of the modern Athenians with nature.

The name “livanotis” derives from the ancient greek names for rosemary and lavender, both pleasantly fragrant plants with low maintenance requirements. They would both be very appropriate for the proposal at hand.

The bench is made of weather-proof timber, fastened with screws on a welded iron stucture.