Studio Weave Turns London Hospital Into A Musical Box
Yes, they did it again! Studio Weave, the British architecture agency that was also featured in our review of Create GB, managed to amaze us again with another amazing intervention, called the Lullaby Factory.
Taking advantage of the existing pipe system on the ugly surface of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children facade, the designers created a system of music pipes. This system forms the Lullaby Factory and gives life to an awkward ‘dead’ space between buildings, which can only been seen and heard from inside the hospital. What is more, in order to listen to the factory’s lullaby, one has to tune in to its radio frequency, or find the special pipes which play the music.
Even though we have seen a similar project in the city of Dresden in Germany, this one seems to have a hidden ace — it tells its own story. As with every project of Studio Weave, there is a narrative behind the Lullaby Factory. Especially this time that the recipients of the project’s outcome are children, the story is a fairy tale for a Lullaby Factory that was founded back in 1852 and is one of the few last operating factories around the world!
The factory and its pipes are made of magical tools and ingredients: the Whistful Fillment Filaments, which seek for wishes in the air and the Satellite Lilters that listen to the planetary music. Additionally, the Whiskissing Bristles seek for lullabies that have already been sung and are now drifting around purposeless. These second-hand lullabies are the base on which the Lullaby Factory builds new ones! The story goes on and on with the process with which the lullabies are made and how they eventually reach those who cannot sleep.
Having such a story as a base, the actual result couldn’t have been anything less than dreamy. I can only imagine how such an intervention may intrigue children’s minds, especially when they are obliged to stay in bed in a hospital. A really great project with an even greater purpose!