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Eira Mooney — The Sound Gardens

View From Canal – Entering the Sound Gardens from the canal takes you through soundscapes of water, birds, insects and voices.

The Sound Gardens — Architecture for sonic therapy. By Eira Mooney.

 

Location

Marian Place,  London Borough of Tower Hamlets (Old Bethnal Green Gasworks)

 

Objective

To provide a neighbourhood dedicated to immersive sound experiences, aiding users to maintain physical and mental health by reaching higher states of calmness, wellbeing and ecstasy.

 

Motivation

The built environment typically inhibits citizens of London from living peaceful, stress-free, and blissful lives in balance with nature.

 

Strategy

The Sound Gardens’s focal point is a centre for sonic therapy. Located in the footprint of a former gas holder structure, the main circular event space is completed once artists and practitioners bring sound for meditation and dancing. Hidden under carpet, kinetic tiles generate electricity as feet move across the floor. The harvested energy powers the sound system and adjacent hydroponic growing facilities. Vegetables grow and the community can benefit from locally produced vegan food.

 

Impact

With visitors’ physical and mental wellbeing improved from movement and frequencies, The Sound Gardens is a model for neighbourhood design with the vision of a healthy and beautiful planetary future at its heart.

 

The Dancer – “The universe exists solely of waves of motion… There exists nothing other than vibration.” – Walter Russell
The Sound Gardens, Project Overview – The Sound Gardens is a proposal in three phases to turn a decommissioned gasholder park and low-rise industrial area into a lively neighbourhood inspired by sound.
The Sound Gardens, Perspective Cross-Section – A multitude of soundscapes and soft boundaries connect the busy city street with the acoustically secluded event space at the heart of the proposal. Participation feeds the projects energy supply.
Sonic Therapy Centre, Perspective Section – The public building including teaching facilities, commercial units, therapy rooms, and a large event space is dedicated to sonic therapies – practices using audible sound for restorative, meditative, and healing purposes.
Sonic Therapy Centre, Lower Ground Floor Plan – Visitors to the lower ground floor pass through a series of thresholds before entering the main event space. The 800 people capacity circular space allows for 360° immersive sound experiences.

 

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