Bitstop is a piece of street furniture offering access to digital networks, such as the Internet, in public places.
A user screen, an input device, a terminal unit and a digital advertising display have been combined considering issues of ergonomics, privacy, personal security, vandalism, weather-proofing and mass production. The typical duration of Internet interactions suggested the requirement for a comfortable user body posture and a degree of control over the immediate vicinity, resulting in a hybrid resting position – half sitting, half standing, sideways. Wall-embedded and free-standing variations of the Bitstop have been developed. The digital model is used for an entirely computer-controlled manufacturing process.
The design has been granted international patents and was awarded a Royal Academy and Architects’ Journal Award.