The Bartlett School of Architecture


The Sentiment Cocoon opens this year's Arup summer party

17 July 2015

The Sentiment Cocoon opens this year's Arup summer party

Bartlett PhD candidate Moritz Behrens and MSc Adaptive Architecture and Communication (AAC) student Konstantinos Mavromichalis opened this year's Arup summer party with their winning installation the Sentiment Cocoon. The idea behind the cocoon was to materialise people's sentiment within a building through the use of translucent materials and reactive light technology.

Together with a team of young Arup engineers they have developed a light-weight structure that is suspended from the atrium ceiling. The translucent skin has been wrapped with the help of a robot. Interactive LED technology allowed people at Arup to engage with the light sculpture. A series of sentiment dashboards on all floors enabled participants to express their feelings about motivation, happiness and workload which was instantly depicted in the cocoon. 

The installation can be visited at 8 Fitzroy Street, London, W1T 4BQ until the end of August.

Moritz Behrens is an architect and an alum of The Bartlett's MSc AAC, and is currently a UCL VEIV supported PhD candidate in the programme Architectural Space and Computation looking at Media Architectural Interfaces. He was recently selected to display his ongoing work of Smart Citizen Dashboard (SCSD) at the connecting cities events during the Arts Electronica Festival in Austria. MSc AAC student, Konstantinos Mavromichalis, is a lighting designer, his work explores communication, architecture, and human interaction with a focus on responsive environments.