The Chronarium is a public sleep lab offering restorative sleep in smart sleep pods as an antidote to always-on city living.
Loop.pH’s new installation The Chronarium, which debuted at The Cathay from 10 – 15th October, uses technology to improve one of the most important parts of our daily lives, sleep. As our public and private spaces become more technologically mediated, it’s often hard to switch off when everything is always on. However, sometimes the answer isn’t always leaving technology behind, but finding new ways to make it work better for you.
Upon entering visitors were invited to lie back and rest inside white fabric pods suspended above the ground, and audio and visual stimuli induce a change in brain state and reset the circadian rhythms. As your entire body was suspended in a hammock, a series of colours and pulsing sounds washed over the tent, eventually enveloping it in complete darkness, before a gentle near-daylight woke you feeling refreshed and ready for life outside The Chronarium’s walls. Artists Loop.pH worked closely with sleep scientists to develop a fifteen minute cycle that that trained the brain into a state of deep relaxation, using EEG headsets were used to measure the brain state before and after.
Over 800 people engaged with the installation, with thousands of others observing the proceedings, taking time out from their busy days to surrender to a moment of peace and quiet. .
Loop.pH is a Spatial Laboratory traversing the worlds of design, architecture and technology to craft space into experiences that radically rethinks the future. The studio specialises in restorative place making using temporal, ephemeral architecture that hosts spectacular happenings.
The studio was founded in 2003 by Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield to form a new creative practice that reaches beyond specialist boundaries. Their clients have included TED2015, BMW, EDF and the Amsterdam Light Festival.