Sleek granite benches now in production for new London square

Ian McChesney designs benches for Granary Square

Architect Ian McChesney has been commissioned to produce benches for one of London's most exciting new public spaces.

Commissioned by King's Cross General Partnership, architect Ian McChesney has designed eight large benches for Granary Square,  one of the largest spaces of its kind in Europe.

The benches will be arranged in facing pairs around four existing fountain pools. Carved from Cornish granite, each will be 8m long by 1.2m deep and will weigh around four tonnes.

‘The aesthetic of the benches borrows from the eroded quality of naturally occurring granite boulders resulting in smooth, curvaceous and comfortable forms,’ says Ian McChesney. The first bench is currently in the process of being manufactured, he adds, and the full set are due to be installed in the square in early 2015.


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