The Sleep Institute, designed by Hamza Shaikh, proposes a living lab facility to study the therapeutic effects of environmental stimuli on humans. The drawings are part of the final project of Hamza Shaikh at the University of Westminster, London.
The Sleep Institute Technical Information
- Architects: Two Worlds Design / Hamza Shaikh
- Location: London, UK
- Topics: Student Project, Unbuilt, Circle Series, Prefabrication
- Project Year: 2020
- Drawings: © Hamza Shaikh
The outer world – environment and matter – has a direct effect on our inner world – perception and our senses. I am focused on understanding how humans experience space & place and learning about how our behaviour responds to it.
– Hamza Shaikh
The Sleep Institute Drawings
Text by the Architect
The project proposed looks to create a new institution for ‘Sleep Study’ in London. The facility will aim to explore the `restorative effects of environmental stimuli‘ on humans.
Set in a haven of natural beauty amongst a family of grade II listed Victorian gasometers, the research facility functions as a multipurpose getaway and retreat.
Trialists, residents, and visitors will experience various environments depending on the purpose of their stay. However, special facilitation is made for trialists participating in the 3-Stage Immersion program. These three environments are specially designed to variate in their level of ‘naturalness.’ This is done in the efforts to compare the difference in the therapeutic effects of natural and artificial stimuli – a long-disputed area of research in environmental/architectural psychology.
The Living Lab allows the most updated and optimal components to be used in deployable pods that will be dispatched throughout various transitory spaces in London.