Sitting on London Clay

Local Collective, London, 2020



Photography by Jim Stephenson     Download Original

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This is a station seating made from London clay that Local Collective has designed for London Festival of Architecture and Network Rail

The project hopes to bring warmth, joy and texture, in a sustainable way, to London’s public spaces. Clay – a natural material found beneath Londoners’ feet – is used to offer a social furniture that is breathable, sustainable and enhances our well-being.

The bench’s modular system offers different arrangements for different social needs, while the materiality of clay improves indoor air quality by absorbing humidity and toxins.

In response to climate change, Sitting on London Clay encourages a re-think about centuries-old construction techniques and materials. The context of clay is particularly suiting to London’s railway stations as the Crossrail development excavates 6 million tons of earth - it is time to re-appropriate construction waste.


  • Begun: Oct 2020
  • Completed: Oct 2020
  • Floor area: 3m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £6,000
  • Funding: Network Rail and London Festival of Architecture
  • Tender date: Jan 2020
  • Procurement: Designed and Built by Local Collective
  • Address: Lower Concourse, London Bridge Station, London, SE1 9SP, United Kingdom

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