A dreamy design festival installation
How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Did you check your phone messages during the night, or log on to your email while you were in bed? Mobile technology has blurred the lines between work and home life and, for some of us, it’s affecting our sleep.
As part of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Festival held in London, HASSELL has created an immersive installation called Hypnos: The Architecture of Sleep. Hypnos whimsically explores the creation of environments that respond to our ever-increasing resistance to conventional patterns of rest and sleep. And through artistic expression, it questions whether ‘sleeping parlours’ might become a real part of our future cityscape.
A collaboration between HASSELL, Sto Werkstatt and Draisci Studio, the installation comprises felt hammocks, or sleeping pods, suspended from timber frames. Inside the hammocks, visitors will be cloistered from the hectic commotion of daily life and London’s busy streets, immersed in the pleasures of inactivity.Whispered stories, dimmed lights, soft textures and soothing colours are used within the installation to ease visitors into a state of true withdrawal.
Hypnos will be open to visitors during Clerkenwell Design Week, one of the most important creative events on the UK festival calendar. Hypnos kicks off with a preview party on 19 May, and will then continue into the London Festival of Architecture until 30 June.
To coincide with the installation, HASSELL is organising a series of events to further explore some of the issues we are raising. Events include lunchtime yoga sessions and a roundtable discussion with a panel of leading sleep scientists and designers.
HASSELL will also be involved in creating a second installation for the London Graphic Centre. Entitled Scaled-D, this installation will add a colourful creation to the Centre’s window front.
You can come down and check out the setting up of Scaled-D on Monday 18 May from 10am, or stop by at any time during the remainder of design week to see what it looks like when completed.
Check out this short teaser film about Hynos: The Architecture of Sleep.
Hypnos: The Architecture of Sleep is open for viewing at Sto Werkstatt, 7-9 Woodbridge St, London EC1R 0EX.
During Clerkenwell Design Week, you can view it on 19-21 May 2015 from 10am to 7pm, Tuesday until Thursday, or by appointment.
The installation will remain open until the end of London Festival of Architecture, closing 30 June 2015.
Visit Scaled-D at the London Graphic Centre, 86 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DB, between 19-21 May.
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New Principals at HASSELL
There are six new Principals at HASSELL – all internal promotions of people who have shown great design leadership and delivered exceptional value for clients. The new Principals are:
_Tony Dickens – Interior Design
_Jon Hazelwood – Landscape Architecture
_Richard Mullane – Urban Design
_Lucy O’Driscoll – Architecture
_David Tickle – Urban Design
_Harley Vincent – Architecture
The promotions reflect the strength of design talent at HASSELL and are an investment in the future of HASSELL for the benefit of our clients.
“We’re continually looking to support and advance our talented design team,” says Managing Director Rob Backhouse.
“The new Principals have all demonstrated their design credentials at HASSELL. Just as importantly, they have worked with clients to achieve their objectives and deliver enhanced value, often well beyond our clients’ expectations.
"That ability to unlock the potential of a place through a collaborative and innovative approach to design, driven by the HASSELL design process, is one of the most important characteristics of a HASSELL Principal,” says Rob.
Cracking the capacity code
Today, developers, employers and designers are all working to maximise the value of each workplace we create. New research by HASSELL and Arup has found that by thinking about a building’s capacity in terms such as ‘number of people per square metre’ – the norm for most building codes – we could be limiting a site’s potential from the outset.
While work environments have changed dramatically during the past 25 years, some Australian building codes and certifications have not kept up with these changes. The way building codes calculate the number of people that can fit in a building has not changed since the early 1990s. Meanwhile, working environments have been transforming through the introduction of new technology and through evolving approaches to hierarchical structures.
Our research paper, Designers Thinking: Seven new ways to add value to flexible workplaces, being presented today at the agIdeas Design for Business Research Conference, seeks to find a more flexible approach to capacity calculations, one that’s more aligned with today’s more flexible workplaces.
The research team for this project was a collaboration between HASSELL Senior Researcher Dr Agustin Chevez, HASSELL Principal Steve Coster and Arup’s Cameron McIntosh and Paul Sloman.
Dr Agustin Chevez said that calculating capacity in a modern working environment can be a complex task. “While we can design and build cutting edge and technologically innovative buildings, such as the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, simply understanding the capacity of working environments is not straightforward,” said Agustin. “We’ve moved out of cubicles and into fluid working environments. And there seems to be room for innovation in how we calculate and nominate the number of people comfortably and safely occupying a contemporary office building,” Agustin added.
The research team believes designers can struggle with this issue is because we may start our thinking at the wrong end of the problem – fitting the building around the codes. The team adopted Design Thinking as a way to innovate building capacity frameworks.
The findings show that new working practices – such as Activity-Based and Free-Range working – have the tendency to increase the number of people per square metre in office buildings. But at the same time, current frameworks nominating workplace densities are falling behind and limiting the potential of contemporary work environments.
Innovation may not come from proposing denser densities – it may come from rethinking the way building capacity is calculated and managed. “Innovation in building capacity frameworks will unlock new forms of value in workplace design,” Agustin said.
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