6 unique benches you'll find along Bencoolen Street

Anyone wandering along Bencoolen Street can now rest on a new set of playful benches that are also enticing for art lovers, stargazers and perhaps parkour enthusiasts.

Paddle Pop-coloured dogs, a gable-roofed house with no walls and a roller coaster-inspired loop are among the six quirky benches that brighten the new-look Bencoolen Street.

Six students and alumni from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) each came up with his or her own twist on the ubiquitous four-legged wooden bench. They are winners of a design competition organised by Nafa last year.

The benches were funded by the URA under its Our Favourite Place programme, a scheme that aims to enliven public spaces.


By Ms Kwek Sin Yee, 39, alumna of Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Nafa) who teaches at the school

What: Much like a kampung house verandah, where family members hang out, Ms Kwek hopes those who use her house-shaped bench will socialise or stargaze within its roofless frame. The square bench can also be a performance or installation space.