The long table is divided into sections, so that several groups or people can use it at the same time for different activities. It has been used by nearby schools for outdoor lessons and by offices for outdoor meetings. The importance of such spaces has become particularly clear during the pandemic.
The idea of the long table was originated in a previous project, where Helsingborg City invited designers to an open competition to create a social installation to enhance safety in a socially deprived area. We chose a well-known artefact (the table), tweaked it and won the competition in cooperation with the artist Ebba Matz and the manufacturer Nola. The design was kept simple in order to evoke a multitude of ways to use the table and we took special care in making the long table accessible for everyone. With the result in hand, we realised that the long table would be perfect for Hamntorget as well. It has also become one of Nola’s most popular products.
– We got the idea for a long table because we wanted to create a design that all people can relate to, something with a familiar symbolic value, but with different functions, says Taiga Kopponen, Architect at White Arkitekter.