Zaha Hadid Architects in collaboration with product designers and planners at Lab 23, a company well known for its long standing design philosophy, has recently unveiled  a variety of urban seating sculptures bench at this year Milan Design Week 2013. This series of seating, Serac, exceeds your regular old park bench. Using engineered stone, fluid curved lines, and crested edges, this bench is a stunner. More details from Zaha Hadid Architects comes after the jump.

Arch2O Serac Bench for LAB 23 Zaha Hadid Architects -01Courtesy of Tortona Design Week

The design of the Serac Bench has evolved from the formal language of ice formations created within intersecting glacial crevasses.

Developed as an urban sculpture for seating and resting, the striated articulation of the Serac Bench emerges seamlessly from the landscape, each layer taking its own unique trajectory in reaction to latent forces that disperse – and ultimately coalesce – the many strata of the bench.

Arch2O Serac Bench for LAB 23 Zaha Hadid Architects -04Courtesy of Tortona Design Week

The Serac Bench showcases the fluid, continuous nature of Zaha Hadid Architects’s work – exploring relationships between solid and void, object and ground, form and function; an evolutionary lineage evident throughout her repertoire. The bench has been developed in resin quartz, a tough and durable material that when shaped into dynamic curvilinear forms, transitions into a softer, fluid and tactile surface. The sparkling crystal balances a stunning light play with mesmerizing depth.

Courtesy of Tortona Design Week

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