Lo² is an architecture and civil engineering duo founded by siblings Alcina and Benjamin Lo, recognising the importance of community engagement with cultural heritage in public spaces. Alcina is an RIBA Part 1 completing her year out, and Benjamin is a Civil Engineering student studying at University of Nottingham.
Aspiring to capture the vibrancy and rich history of the Royal Docks, the shape of Sail-Phone is an abstract take on the Lightship 'LV95' of Trinity Buoy Wharf with its iconic bright red paint. With its multifunctional use as a bench and with an interactive speaking tube, reminiscent of those used to communicate on ships, Sail-Phone's captivating appearance and multi-functional use aims to bring everyone together, engaging in playfulness and to have fun outdoors.
Sail-Phone is one of five winning benches from the third edition of Pews and Perches design competition from the London Festival of Architecture and Royal Docks Team.
Now in its third year, the Pews and Perches competition highlights the transformative impact of small-scale interventions in the public realm and offers visitors and residents alike unique spaces to sit and make the most of their surrounding public space.
You can hear Alcina and Benjamin sharing about the story behind their design by clicking on the event link.