Horticultural Spa (2015)

Client: Loop.pH
Artist: Loop.pH
Location: Nine Elms, London

Date: 2015-05-01 00:00:00 +0000
Tags: London, art, inflatable, timber

Our latest work with artists Loop.pH is a temporary installation providing an unique immersive experience. Sited within the Nine Elms regeneration area on the south bank of the River Thames the Apothecary Experience is a restorative public space that reinvigorates the River Walk pathway inviting people into a magical tea ceremony and horticultural spa. Once inside the tea house your tea is served through clouds of fragrant mist consumed through breathing. It will be a new social space for the people of Nine Elms that creates a viewing platform to admire the river view.

We gave structural input on the CNC plywood timber lattice, the PVC pneumatic membrane structure and its ballast. Collaborating in a generative 3d environment, working in a single model with the artists, we were able to refine the design and give advice as to its stability within a very short time scale. The Tea House was in place for two weeks as part of the Nine Elms festival and London Festival of Architecture.