Various seating in public spaces add a resting position for citizens and reflect the temperature of the city. According to the “Green Shanghai” public account, up to now, Shanghai has optimized and upgraded the rest seats in 8,986 public spaces, and plans to optimize and upgrade 5,000 next year.
In the streets and alleys of Jing’an, a variety of public seats are set up to provide convenience for citizens.
At an intersection on Wenxi Road near a residential area, seats with backrests and seats around flower beds are set up.
The flower beds surrounding the trees are designed to resemble seats, and the wooden structure complements the grass and trees, which is quite natural. In the afternoon, citizens sit in pairs and enjoy the tranquility of this moment.
On the backrest seat on one side, citizens stay here from time to time. The wall is decorated with reliefs of words such as “Nong Hao” and “Click” and camera patterns, which look special under the warm sun.
There are often many public seats near the business district, so citizens can rest here and relieve their fatigue when they are tired of shopping. For example, near the Kerry Centre, there are bar seats shown below, with a streamlined design that echoes the stylish exterior of the block. In addition, there are public seats equipped with tables nearby, which are relatively spacious and can meet the needs of citizens.
There are many small shops on Yuyuan Road, and some shops have added seats at the entrance to facilitate citizens. Some of the seats are very individual, reflecting the tone of the store. In front of a stationery store specializing in handwriting supplies, there is a striking wooden clip-shaped chair where passing residents and students sometimes stop to rest. The literary style and individuality of this chair match their fresh and unique store temperament.
In addition, some drink shops are also popular on the public seats outside the restaurant, where customers often enjoy drinks while basking in the sun and enjoying the scenery. On Yuyuan Road, there is a set of red seats on the outside of a coffee shop, with simple shapes and modern design styles, which look both girly and modern.
Fumin Road is close to the green of the Yan’an elevated road, and there are also public seats. This location is close to the business district and Shanghai’s characteristic small roads, and there are more office workers and tourists on weekdays. Public seating is set up here, which provides great convenience for pedestrians coming and going.
These public seats have different forms, but they are more in line with the atmosphere and environment of the neighborhood, not only as a space for rest, but also as a decorate the city, forming a unique landscape.