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Studies show that people working within the creative fields, run a higher risk of falling into depression and stress syndrome. These diagnoses can be incredibly damaging, not only for your over all health, but also for your creativity and ability to create.
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As living human beings, our very first spatial experience is the one of the womb.
It is where we first become aware of ourselves, it is where we first become aware of our surroundings.
It is where we first experience the sensation of comfort.
It is soft, it is safe, it is warm.
Just like the womb zone, the language of the womb pod emerges from the corner, or in this case, a series of corners. In ways, the Womb Pod could be seen as a cluster of Womb zones, coming together. So externally this forms a cube, and internally these corners are blurred through the materiality. This external and internal contrast forms a tension that is meant to represent the difference between the world we experience inside the womb as a fetus and the world outside it.
The womb pod consist of three structural components; A 3 by 3 meter cubic steel structure. A 1.5 by 1.5 meter cubic moth cloth ”tent”, with rope channels along the edges. And rope, to stretch the tent within the steel structure and lift it from the floor.
1. Cubic steel frame.
2. Cubic moth cloth "tent"
with rope channels along the egdes.
The womb pod is meant to be assembled on site, and could be an opportunity for workers to learn the technique of tufting, collaborate with one another and create a stronger bond the the pod by being part of the creation process.
There are certain principles of aesthetics to be followed in the yarn application. However, there is room for improvisation within these principles. The aesthetic structure consist of four types of ”channels”, ranging in yarn loop depth. These channels encircle one another. The principle is that channel 4, which has very long loops, are clustered around all 8 corners, as well as the center of every side. The shape of the channel 4 components are to be organically shaped, meaning no straight lines. The maker is free to decide the amount, size and curvature of these components, as long as they leave space for the other channels. Channel type 3, which has long loops, encircle channel 4 components. Channel 2, which has mid loops, encircle channel 3. Channel 1, which has short loops, encircle channel 2 and connect all clusters. The interlacing of these four types of channels create a sort of typography within the womb pod, and the point of this landscape is to blur out the straight lines and corners of the shell and the outside world.
There are three shades of yarn used for the four channel. One for channel 1 & 3, one for channel 2 and one for channel 4. The specific shades of the yarn is to be chosen by the maker, but should be within the warm spectrum of colors, as these were the only colors we would’ve been able to experience within the womb as a fetus.
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In the actual womb, we were floating in fluid. Although the womb pod is dry, the language of the aesthetics looping around the entirety of the internal area suggest a sense of weightlessness similar to floating. Further reenforcing this sense, the rope suspending the textile structure, allows for movements within the womb pod to be softened and bouncy in all directions.
What is the role of the womb pod in a workplace? It is a spatial experience available for creative workers. Allowing them to break up their day at work, giving them a moment to press pause, feel comfortable, safe and calm, finding mindfulness through this and ultimately nurture the ability to create and maintain the creative mind. The experience is concentrated and enclosed in order to allow for even a short session of 5 minutes to be effective and to allow for many workers to utilize it at different points of the day.
1:10 hand tufted model.
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