Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS
42°22'36.4"N 71°06'43.7"W  

APril 2015

Through the use of essential oils, heat and air, a tactile and olfactory experience manifests in Fossa Olfactoria. 

While scent is oft unexplored or completely omitted from serious discussions of architecture, scent and odor shape experience, occupancy, and comfort in powerful ways.

This installation brings the viewer into the epicenter of olfactory experience  -  the spatial cavity where the olfactory bulb is located - playing on notions of scale, phenomena, and bodily experience. An immersive, fleshy fabric membrane obscures an undulating massing of one thousand balloons.

Collaboration with Katie MacDonald at the Kirkland Gallery, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

time released design

 

The balloons act as both sculptors of space and vessels of scent. Each balloon contains a drop of lavender oil which is released into the air as the balloons deflate, producing a pulsing wall that diffuses scent gradually.

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the experience

During the two week installation, visitors took advantage of the space to relax, recharge, study and socialize.

 

 

Through the use of simple materials and methods, a sensorial and corporeal experience allowed visitors to engage with the architecture in an unfamiliar yet instinctual way.