We are so excited to be sharing a sneak peak of this awesome prototype bench, created by Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH). During the demolition of the former buildings on The Independent site, we salvaged beautiful, old-growth timbers. We then donated 79 pieces of these timbers to MPNH.

Over the past year, MPNH has been working on designing benches that will eventually be placed throughout Mount Pleasant. The life of these timbers has now come full-circle and it is very heart-warming to see them returning to the community, albeit in a different form.

We are passionate about the process that goes into designing and building all forms of creative expression. We can’t wait to see the final community benches! Stay tuned for future posts featuring the final benches installed throughout the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.


MPNH also re-donated some of the timbers to MakerLabs, who are a former tenant of one the demolished buildings where the timbers were salvaged from. And once again, these timbers are now part of MakerLabs, but as display tables in their MakerStore.


Photos from the community bench design process (collaboration with Strathcona BIA):


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Design Credit:

MPNH Bench: Haeccity Studio Architecture

MakerLabs Table: Haeccity Studio Architecture and Basic Design