A ‘giant bubble of solitude’ with an Arup-curated soundscape has been shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Interior Design Awards.
The installation Pause was a feature of last year’s Melbourne Design Week (Design Experiments) giving people respite from their hectic, always-digitally-connected lives.
Visitors surrendered their mobile devices, took a head set, and one at a time, entered the large inflatable fabric cocoon for a unique sensory experience.
“People literally stepped away from the rest of the world and for five minutes, could just ‘be’. They could relax and let their minds wander, noticing what they could see, hear, smell and feel, without the distracting temptation of their phones,” said Xavier Watson, Arup’s acoustic engineer.
Listen to the soundscape: