Teams from around the world vied for the opportunity to design the benches lining Boston’s Fort Point Channel.
The Design Museum Boston announced the 20 semi-finalists of its “Street Seats Design Challenge’’ on March 5.
The museum required that submitted designs incorporate sustainable, eco-friendly materials and innovative construction methods.
“When we launched Streets Seats Design Challenge, we anticipated local interest,’’ said Sam Aquillano, co-founder of Design Museum Boston, in a news release. “What actually happened was far beyond our expectations.’’
The challenge received more than 300 registrations and 170 final entries from designers from 22 states and 23 countries.
Semi-finalists will produce and install their designs around Fort Point Channel for an opening event on April 27. Three grand prize winners will receive cash prizes.
The benches will remain at Fort Point Channel until October.
Peruse the semi-finalist designs and watch the designers’ videos.
Designed by Katsuya Arai of New York, the “WA Chair’’ was designed to foster shared seating and conversation.
“Wa’’ means harmony in Japanese.
The “Knot Bench’’ was inspired by the maritime history of the Fort Point Channel.
Designed by Joseph Chun Jr., Natalie Fizer, Sutton Murray, and Emily Stevenson, of Pillow Culture in New York, the bench is made of 100 percent recycled P.E.T. plastic rope.
The bench seats users in three different positions at multiple heights to accommodate youth, adults and the elderly, said the designers.
The Wright Bench
Perennial wood, a modified wood product, inspired “The Wright Bench.’’
Students at Applachian State University in Cary, N.C., were instructed to find uses for this new wood product.
Student Eugene Duclos used the perennial wood in his design of a combined bench and bike rack.
The design, which Duclos modeled after an airplane wing, seeks to reduce clutter in urban parks and recreational settings.
Eight designers from Cambridge-based IDEO modeled their bench submission after Boston’s skyline.
“City Blocks’’, which is made of rubber, bio bricks, glass, and salvaged wood, offers different seat heights, different views, and “different stories of Boston.’’
It was designed by IDEO’s Dirk Ahlgrim, Prat Ganapathy, David Goligorsky, Ann Kim, Sophy Lee, Timothy McGee, Liza Rutenbeck, and Greg Wolos.
The Wharf Bench
A three-legged bench anchored into Fort Point’s docks, “The Wharf Bench’’ was inspired by designer Jesse Shaw’s boyhood trip to Boston.
The design facilitates easy communication between two users, as they are positioned at a 45-degree angle from one another.
“Our history was built upon wharves like Fort Point,’’ said Shaw, who works for Currey and Co. in Decatur, Ga.
The “StrataForm Bench’’ was designed by Brian Slozak and Marc D. Gabriel, of Spagnolo Gisness & Associates in Boston.
The bench combines wood and plant elements and is built of plywood scraps, recycled steel plates, and organic sod and grass seed.
The Chroma Bench
Boston Harbor’s boats and buoys colored the ideas behind “The Chroma Bench.’’
The seating surface was inspired by the decking found on wooden boats and the blue elements by the water hues underneath the Evelyn Moakley Bridge.
The bench was designed by Arvin Abadilla, Jason Cooper, Justin Cumming, Kat Hoy, Ian Schon, and Eric Whewell, of Boston’s Make Stuff Lab.
When envisioning their design, Ryan Pierson and Sally Zheng, of Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., prioritized a usable work surface.
They arrived at the “Park Bar,’’ made from sustainable materials, such as recycled aluminum can supports and reclaimed wood.
The motto of the design is “Reclaim the park, reuse the bar.’’
“Negative/Positive,’’ designed by Matt Trimble, Haik Tokatlyan, and Jared Steinmark of RadLab in Charlestown, is a “response to the geomorphological conditions that make and shape the land surrounding the Boston and the Fort Point Channel.’’
It is built of reused wood, steel, and concrete.
Sarah Burley, Tyler Dawson, Cale Kaufman, Tai Geng, Blake Morton, and Colton Sanford designed “Cleat.’’
The designers are students at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.
Milan-based designer Marco Goffi submitted “Re-Cord,’’ a bench made of three 25-foot long natural cords.
The coils of the rope divide the bench into three seats.
The bench is inspired by Fort Point’s maritime heritage.
The Seam Bench
“The Seam Bench,’’ designed by Andrew McClure of Paris, is built around a three-dimensional seam.
Built of thermally modified wood, the structure of the bench seeks to embrace the form of the body, offering reclined urban seating.
“Dominik,’’ a design by Purdue University’s Sishi Zhou, is made of Corian and asphalt.
The holes in the seating area serve multiple roles: decoration, water drains, and cupholders.
“Abortecture’’ is made of the trunks of downed trees.
This “urban forestry’’ design is by Teddy Slowik, of Novatona in Chicago.
“Industrial Hotspot’’ was inspired by the Zakim Bridge.
The design, by Charles Burgess of the Harrington College of Design in Chicago, uses plastic lumber and colored lights.
The “LuminUS’’ bench symbolically bridges the neighborhoods of Downtown and Fort Point.
It harnesses solar energy through a panel, ideally collecting enough power to illuminate the Fort Point walkways at night.
“LuminUS’’ was designed by Courtney Borelli, Guy Compagnone, of Chapman Construction/Design of Newton, and Kara Hanson, Gilbert Hsu, Elizabeth Jaeger, and Eda Muco, of Dyer Brown Architects in Boston.
Sarah Carlisle, James Jarzyniecki, Robert Linn, Keith Moskow, of Moskow Linn Architects in Boston, were inspired by Joseph Albers’s drawings of smoke.
Their design, “Urban Island’’ is “sensual, soft, and inviting,’’ using materials from New England.
The inspiration behind its name came from the assembly of materials, which reminded the designers of a topographic map.
“Ola Bench’’ is reminiscent of a body of water flowing over a bridge.
Designers Francisco Carbajal, Hiroshi Ikenaga, Daniel Olvera, Alice Pegman, Carla Santillán, and Karime Tosca, of Diseño Neko in Mexico City were inspired by the maritime and industrial history of Fort Point.
The bench is made of powder coated steel and recycled cast aluminium.
“Twofold’’ looks like a table and serves as a bench.
Designers Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann, of Cornell University, sought to seat both children and adults.
The bench is made of molded plywood.
The diverse designs of the Innovation District inspired “Bowsprit,’’ a blend of the old and new.
Designed by Rui Chen, Christa Lee, and Sanchit Mittal, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the bench is made of aluminum and reclaimed wood.