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.
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.
The Solution is a Fluid System
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… We’re very excited to bring such a forward-thinking system into the market, and at a time where the design of our public spaces is so pivotal.” 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.” ADAM GOODRUM, DESIGNER
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 or subtraction 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.
Materials & Finishes
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. The GRC surface presents with a lovely tactility – smooth with a ‘stone-like’ texture and is available in grey or white. The surface may be left in its natural state or finished with a protective sealant on request.
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.
“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 selected Teal Sea, Burgundy Clay and Banksia Leaf to really bring the collection to life“. SUSAN TAIT, CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF TAIT
Scape may adapt to various aesthetics and achieve various functions depending on your project objectives. Creating a minimalist, architectural feel may be achieved by simply using the modules in their most pure form – or the collection may take on a warmer, more personified feel with the application of a timber seat, coloured componentry or planting.