FRED drinking fountain

  • Prize
    Winner in Public park & Public area furniture
  • Company/Firm
    VPI Concrete
  • Designer
    Márk Nagy-Mihály, Péter István Varga
  • Photo Credit
    Zsuzsa Darab
  • Project Date
  • Client
    VPI Concrete
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Access to drinking water is an essential function of public spaces in the current climate for both humans and animals. FRED is uniquely a drinking fountain, bottle filler and dog drinking bowl at the same time. Dogs can comfortably drink fresh water from its bowl, while their owners can quench their thirst and even refill their bottles. Its simple, geometric design is an understated, compact solution for urban environments.

FRED's design follows the ergonomics of traditional drinking fountains, but the bowl empties itself 1-2 minutes after refilling, eliminating the need for the usual steps required to empty dog bowls. It's water-efficient, its parts are replaceable in case of failure, the tap and the water bowl are easy to clean, and the latter is highly resistant to dirt, minimising maintenance requirements. The product contains all the necessary parts for installation and mechanical connection. Water and sewer connections are possible under the bowl in a hidden water shaft.

As dog ownership is now a significant urban lifestyle, which requires the necessary infrastructure, FRED is part of a collection of products currently in development for dogs.

VPI CONCRETE designs and creates advanced concrete furniture for public spaces. The company was founded by architects and landscape architects to invent new integrity in the design and technology of concrete products and their function in public spaces.

Continuous experimenting allows us to create unbelievably smooth surfaces and formerly unimaginable structures. In-house-developed concrete mixtures provide endless opportunities to design our products and to create shapes of unlimited variety.

Other prizes
iF Design Award, 2023 BigSee Product Design Award – Grand Prix, 2020 Architizer A+ Award, 2019 European Design Award Silver, 2019 Gold A’Design Award, 2018 IDA Design Award Bronze, 2018 Hungarian Design Award, 2017 A’Design Award, Street Furniture, 2017 Blueprint Awards 2016 – shortlisted Architizer A+ Awards, Public Furniture Award, 2016 Hungarian Design Award, special prize from the Design Council, 2013