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Working with The Edible Bus Stop, we are supporting an immersive House Plant Studio centred on humankind’s connection with nature through sound, vision, and touch.

The technology

Botanical Rhapsody presents our innate connection with nature. By employing a technology called bio-sonification, the bio-rhythms of plants are translated into sound. This is achieved by measuring microcurrent fluctuations occurring across the surface of a leaf by attaching electrodes, allowing visitors to listen to the invisible and usually inaudible processes occurring within. Here you can discover how plants interact with their surroundings and us to play a part in a plant’s ‘music’ as they respond to your touch.

The inspiration

Taking initial design inspiration from the Japanese practise of forest bathing ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ we aim to explore mankind’s inherent connection with nature and how being within it improves our mental health and well-being. Enter to escape the madding crowd to be enveloped by the tranquillity of plants as nature’s symphony surrounds you.

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The theme

Ferns of various sizes dress the exterior to create the sense of walking in a forest. The cabins’ façade is clad in Shou Sugi Ban, a century’s old Japanese technique of charring timber to provide natural protection and preservation. Its cracked, intense black silky texture highlights and enhances the patina of the wood. The interiors material palette makes use of natural elements such as clay, ceramics, metal and cork alongside many upcycled elements. Our colour palette is dark and rich with gold providing flashes of illumination and contrast to the lush green foliage. Dynamic lighting within the cabin simulates the changes in light intensity and colour temperature experienced throughout a day’s cycle, tuning into our body’s natural circadian rhythms.

About The Edible Bus Stop

The Edible Bus Stop is a spatial design studio with a focus on creating transformative landscape design for exterior and interior environments. Their approach is driven by a belief in the importance of inviting biophilic places, where people from all walks, or wheels of life can enjoy inclusive design standards and connect with their surroundings. They consider the materials they use carefully, with sustainability driving decisions surrounding procurement and delivery. Their projects’ aims include engendering social cohesion, a sense of belonging, enhancing biodiversity through meaningful, yet playful design.


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