A public architectural pavilion for the 2017 London Design Festival on the theme of Open Awareness, created in collaboration with The Office Group
When you do repeated manual tasks, your mind can wander into a daydreaming state, which lets signals flow freely in the brain and helps creative thinking to flourish. This trance-like, non-focused state of mind, known as ‘open awareness’, comes about because of the combination of visual pattern and physical repetition, and formed the inspiration for our first architectural pavilion for the London Design Festival, On Repeat.
Repetition physically manifests not just in the pavilion’s architecture, but through a collaborative installation of hundreds of paper forms, the components of which require manual assembly by visitors over the course of the festival.
During the festival, On Repeat was home to a programme of free events and workshops that explored the power of frequency and repetition, designed to give visitors the opportunity to temporarily depart from everyday work life and reach a free-flowing mind-set. Activities engaged visitors in an array of repetitive manual tasks, from sushi making to meditative breathing, to woodcutting, whilst a series of talks investigated the impact of repetition on our brains, bodies and lives.
The Office Group is a provider of flexible workspace, with multiple sites across the UK. On Repeat was part of an on-going collaboration with them that includes Tingtagel House in Vauxhall, where the pavilion was relocated after the festival. Further contributions to the project include materials from Hess Timber and structural engineers, Heyne Tillett Steel.