Designed By Adam Goodrum
Respite & rejuvenation
With almost 70% of the world’s population living in cities by 2030, the thoughtful design and planning of our public realms will be vital as rapid urbanisation takes hold. Scape responds to these challenges with a fluid system designed to foster our relationship with the natural environment, encourage social interaction, provide a place for inspired working, support our need to seek respite and enhance the wellbeing of our communities and workplaces.
Forming a family of playful and flexible outdoor elements, Scape supports moments of the everyday; socialising, relaxing, working, collaborating, meeting, lounging, eating, waiting, commuting – or simply disconnecting from technology and coalescing with nature. Like emerging rock masses, smoothed, rounded and worn through aeons of weathering, Scape inspires an enriched connection with our natural world.
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Modern living and working scenarios pose a number of challenges in the face of rapid urbanisation. These include, poor social connection, loneliness, low employee engagement, impaired physical and mental wellbeing, inhibited creativity as well as negative community or workplace sentiments. Most importantly; living and working in high-density, synthetic ‘bubbles’ combined with our technology obsession is leaving people void of effective and meaningful social interactions.
This scenario has been linked to a surge in loneliness (see more on the loneliness epidemic here) as well as a disconnection to natural environments. When we look to the Baugruppen model (originating in Germany) or the Nightingale model (in Australia) we have learned that using design to encourage a sense of community has proven effective in overcoming these challenges.
As we now understand, unplugging and immersing ourselves in more natural environments can lower our levels of stress, anxiety and depression. It’s through considered design that we may support people in seeking respite from the intensity of modern environments or our tether to technology. This insight becomes more apparent when we look at people’s needs in modes of introversion and extroversion. It’s imperative that we now provide urban environments which facilitate spaces for distraction-free focus and rejuvenation; or spaces which encourage people to come together.
Scape responds to the modern challenges of rapid urbanisation with a fluid system designed to foster our relationship with the natural environment, encourage social interaction, provide a place for inspired working, support our need to seek respite and enhance the wellbeing of our communities and workplaces. Forming a family of flexible and playful outdoor elements, Scape supports moments of the everyday.
“There’s now this increasing need to draw people out of the high-density, siloed and processed living/working environments and into rejuvenating, activated common spaces… Scape intuitively entices people into its domain – whether that’s jumping on the laptop in some sunshine, taking the kids to the park, or just enjoying a breather in some wide-open space.” Gordon Tait, Founding Director of Tait.
Reminiscent of flowing rock formations, Scape elicits a soft, organic design language – nurturing a more humanised connection to our vital public spaces and common areas. Nesting adjacently to one another, the modules reference the uninhibited nature of rocky landscapes. Scape’s earthy and wholesome curves offer an inviting sense of warmth, tactility, communal sensibility, and kind-of intangible ‘friendliness’. Scape gravitates people toward it – subsequently drawing activation to the spaces it inhabits.
“I have fond memories as a kid – playing on the elephant-like boulders in the crystalline blue and powdery white sandy coves of Western Australia’s south coast. Scape reminds me of this idea, the wonder of these rock masses and how they’ve been worn and weathered by waves endlessly washing over them… I also grew up surfing the South-West coast and always remember these beautiful, smooth rock masses in a lot of the bays we surfed. We would set up camp between the boulders sheltering from the sun and the Sou Wester.” Designer Adam Goodrum drawing on similarities between the weathered rock forms on Western Australia’s south coast and his design for Scape.
Offering adaptability as to how it’s used, where it’s used and its aesthetic, Scape breathes new life into the way we interact with public spaces and common areas. En masse, the system takes on distinct needs-supporting ecosystems. Various scenarios and outcomes may be achieved by customising the configuration of the modules, these scenarios may then be fine-tuned with the addition of componentry such as tables, backrests, canopies, planters and side tables. Scape’s canopy and side table feature smooth, 360° swivel functionality, allowing users to adjust them to their preference. Scape may provide a nurturing and rejuvenating environment for people to disconnect and de-stress or create a bustling social hub in a workplace café.
Scape is suited to a variety of applications across public realm, corporate, education, hospitality, health, multi-residential and residential. Engineered with high-performance materials to achieve maximal levels of durability and longevity, Scape is suited for both harsh environmental or coastal conditions – as well as high traffic applications.
- Informal meeting places
- Breakout zones
- Work Café
- Waiting areas
- Parks & National parks
- Cultural precincts
- Public Transport
- Shopping centre’s
- Restaurants & Cafés
- Aged-care facilities
- Sport & entertainment precincts
- Private gardens
Scape’s modules are engineered with robust and lightweight glass reinforced concrete (GRC). The beneficial properties of GRC allows less material to be used than that of traditional concrete – while offering a considerably stronger and more durable product. Scape’s modules are produced via the preferred GRC manufacturing method, whereby a scientifically formulated composition of premium quality glass fibre and cement are sprayed into a mould. The GRC is then cured in a humid environment, adding increased durability to the finished product.
The GRC surface presents with a lovely tactility – smooth with a ‘stone-like’ texture. The GRC is available in either grey or white, and the surface may be left in its natural state or finished with a graffiti protective sealant on request. The seat of the Scape module’s may be selected in either GRC or Smoked Oak (this excludes the Scape island module and Scape island with planter module which is only available in GRC). Scape’s GRC is manufactured to exacting International standards.
Scape’s components are manufactured with anti-corrosive aluminium and finished in hard-wearing, UV-stable, textured powder coat. Scape’s canopy features Sunbrella’s exterior-grade fabric shade which is fixed to the frame using marine-grade cord toggles with stainless steel crimps and eyelets.
Drawing on Scape’s affinity to various naturescapes, the colour palette derives references from mother nature’s very basic elements – water, earth and vegetation. We have focused on Teal Sea, Burgundy Clay and Banksia Leaf to bring the collection to life. For all available powder coat colours please see the tab ‘Scape Specifications’.
Tait offer the option for drainage risers on the Scape island module with planter only for an additional charge. Secured to each drainage hole, the drainage riser slows the release of water from the unit. This minimises water pooling on the substrate below, whilst minimising the frequency of plant watering.
Tait offer the option for factory-fitted skateboard deterrents on all Scape modules for an additional charge.
Tait offer the option for a water-based graffiti protective sealant on all GRC for an additional charge. The graffiti protective sealer is invisible in appearance, environmentally friendly, non-toxic, UV light resistant and lasts for up to 5 years. Graffiti can be removed using Tait’s recommended graffiti removal solution.
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Where Scape stock is available Tait’s standard production lead time is 6-8 weeks. Where Scape stock isn’t available please allow 12-14 weeks. Please confirm availability with your Tait consultant.
Commercial quantities may require longer lead times. Please contact your nearest showroom for a current lead time estimate.
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