Breathing Space, London Design Festival

Transforming an overlooked public square in East London, Breathing Space gave festival goers just that - a place for time out. 

The installation used interactive and immersive digital and lighting technologies to provide real-time data on London’s pollution.

With its bold graphic artwork by Art + Believe, Breathing Space used London Design Festival as a platform to test innovative thinking and technology to help people understand the impacts of air pollution, and to support a dialogue around what can be done to make moving through cities more healthy and fulfilling. 

The design included an enclosed lighting installation containing 11,000 litres of air – the amount we breathe every day.


London Design Festival


London, UK






100 sqm


Arup, Art + Believe

Design team

Anna Rank, Nicola Albertin, Tiago Arieira, Ashley Munday, Clive Lewis


David Jensen

The harmful quality of London’s air has become a public health emergency…Unlike the smoky pollution of the past, today’s pollution is invisible and it’s a hidden killer.”

Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

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