Scale 1 : 1.16

At almost 7 feet tall, Wouter Corvens is beyond average, yet very aware of the norm when it comes to the scale of public space. Why is every bench, toilet and money machine made for a height of 5 ft 8 in, when mankind is much more diverse? ‘Scale 1:1.16’ is a toolkit that makes clever use of the landscape to create a comfortable resting point for all. This set of test benches has telescopic legs and a built-in spirit level. By placing one side on higher ground – a stairway, slope, kerbstone or any other object – the height from ground to seat varies. Passers-by are free to choose their favourite position. When the test proves what works best, the temporary object is replaced by a more permanent design.

Wouter Corvers

Photo by Nicole Marnati