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HASSELL and Draisci Studio design sleep-inspired installation

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HASSELL and Draisci Studio have designed a new interactive installation for Clerkenwell Design Week 2015

The installation entitled Hypnos: The architecture of sleep will explore the architectural spaces needed or physical and mental rest.

Coloured felt hammocks will hang from wooden beams in Sto Werkstatt’s Clerkenwell exhibition space.

Amy Croft, curator at Sto Werkstatt said: ‘Although we still refer to conventional units of time like ‘nine to five’ or ‘Monday to Friday’, networked global communication and exchange has overlaid this with practices of individual time management and simulated busyness. We see this in the form of scheduled tweets while we sleep or pre-emptive emails timed to reach the inbox of an overseas colleague for 9am.

‘Hypnos looks at these issues through the lens of architecture. For Sto, Hypnos is an opportunity to explore with our highly skilled collaborators—HASSELL and Draisci Studio—the social effects of our own global network which supports architects to realise trans-national projects and to consider the potential for a range of our systems and finishes to promote well-being and aid physical and mental withdrawal.’

Julian Gitsham, UK/Europe practice leader for architecture at HASSELL commented: ‘Mobile technology is allowing the notion of work to blur into all other aspects of our lives, 24/7. So, focusing on sleep and rest and the ability to ‘switch off’ is an important concept in fostering the notion of health and wellbeing in our daily working lives. HASSELL has addressed some of these issues in our own research, but having the opportunity to tackle them in such a creative setting has been fascinating.’

Francesco Draisci, creative director at AJ/Corus 40 Under 40 practice Draisci Studio, added: ‘Sleep is mysterious. It cannot be avoided, only delayed. Could there be a future scenario in which a new typology of ‘public sleeping parlours’ populate our city streetscape?

‘Will the lack of night sleep for many, create a future generation of day-nappers? We have collaboratively investigated these ideas to create a narrative environment that will explore future sleeping concerns.’

The installation will run from 19 May until the end of the London Festival of Architecture in June 2015.

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