Be Open

Be OPEN reminds us that public art doesn't have to be visual.

The Be OPEN Sound Portal was created for this year’s London Design Festival, and is situated in the middle of Trafalgar Square, one of London’s busiest public spaces. The pavilion seeks to provide an aural sanctuary from all the hustle and bustle, and to show that designers should not just focus on the visual. Designed by Arup and commissioned by Sound and Music (SAM), the Sound Portal featured work from five sound artists over the course of the design festival, with pieces ranging from glacier sounds to electronica. Read more.

The pavilion is part of a larger project by the think tank BE OPEN, which set out to create installations focusing on each of the five senses. After the design festival, the pavilion will be installed at Chelsea College of Art and Design, and will feature sound works by students.

This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site.

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. a photo of a semi-autonomous dockless scooter
    Transportation

    One Way to Keep the Sidewalk Clear: Remote-Controlled Scooter-Bots

    A new mobility technology company called Tortoise promises to bring semi-autonomous scooters and e-bikes to market. Why?

  2. A man wearing a suit and tie holds an American flag at a naturalization ceremony.
    Life

    The New Geography of American Immigration

    The foreign-born population has declined in U.S. states that voted Democratic in 2016, and increased in states and metros that voted for Trump.

  3. Uber Eats worker
    Life

    The Millennial Urban Lifestyle Is About to Get More Expensive

    As WeWork crashes and Uber bleeds cash, the consumer-tech gold rush may be coming to an end.

  4. A woman stands in front of a house.
    Life

    How Housing Wealth Transferred From Families to Corporations

    The Great Housing Reset has led to growing numbers of single-family homes shifting from owner-occupied housing to investment vehicles for large corporations.

  5. Transportation

    A Micromobility Experiment in Pittsburgh Aims to Get People Out of Their Cars

    The Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective will create all-in-one mobility hubs near transit stops, to compete with Uber and Lyft and help commuters go car-free.

×