Within the Kazerne Lab Project Living Cities, the originally Polish designer Izabela Boloz researched how to stimulate a more social and interactive city life in the Dutch environment. From the first moment, solar energt was to play a part: sun that is literally converted into heat or cold. For this cross-over project, Izabela worked together with Gerard de Leede: an innovator for sustainable solar energy and CTO of Heijmans, a technology partner in the construction industry.
Firstly, Izabela designed a series of benches with zones that can sense heat or cold, so that people can enjoy the public space under any weather circumstances. She created a series of wooden objects that not only form a monumental asset in the public space, but also contribute to social interaction: several people can sit on the object. Close together, but with enough space for one's own comfort. Because each piece generates more energy than it needs for these hot/cold zones, lighting was also added to the furniture. More information soon.