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Shanghai Smart Booths is the result of 100architects’ second collaboration with the Shanghai Branch of China Telecom, the state-owned Chinese telecommunications company, after our previous Orange Phone Booths, where we did an exercise of turning these old relics into modern functional urban furniture. This time we went beyond that.
The proposal is strongly inspired by local nature, dragging inspiration from Azalea flowers, often seen in not only in Jiaxing City, but also in Zhejiang Province. The design strategy is over-scaling the leaves of Azalea flower in order to create structures which offer shelter to citizens and users of the bus public transportation.
This proposal is part of a series of 2 renovation of bus stops inspired in flowers in Huancheng Nan Road in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China.
“Lotus Eco-Bus Stop” is an eye-catching proposal strongly inspired by nature, collecting the rain water and solar energy.
Permanently open to the public as a new typology of functional open urban objects which provide of free wifi connection, free USB charging sockets, sitting arrangement, newspaper rack, coffee table, reading lights at night and a emergency public phone are among the new features of this revamp phone booths.
A spot to stop
A multi-functional object for resting and playing, it can host up to 5 users simultaneously. Its shape is specially designed to encourage social interactions among its users. It offers an elegant spot to stop, rest, sit, lay down, contemplate, observe, chat, play, and any other activities that users may come up with.