French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has created a series of Wi-Fi stations in Paris where people can sit down to use their laptops or access local information via a large screen.
Named Escale Numérique, which translates as Digital Break, the proposal won a competition to design street furniture that links with the underground fibre-optic network so residents and visitors without mobile internet access can connect on the move.
Concrete swivel chairs with attached tables for laptops sit underneath a foliage-covered shelter and a large digital billboard provides city information and news for those who don’t have a laptop or smartphone with them.
A cluster of wooden legs like tree trunks support the green roof, which is designed to look like a garden when viewed from balconies above.
The project was realised in collaboration with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux.