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Great Ormond Street Hospital contains a top-secret Lullaby Factory

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Lullabies are heard either through special “listening pipes” located near the hospital canteen, or by tuning into an internal radio station
Lullabies are heard either through special “listening pipes” located near the hospital canteen, or by tuning into an internal radio station
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The project was put forward following a multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London
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The project was put forward following a multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London
Several old taps, gauges, and other fittings were incorporated into the design
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Several old taps, gauges, and other fittings were incorporated into the design
Rather than attempt to hide the untidy pipework, Studio Weave instead made a feature of it
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Rather than attempt to hide the untidy pipework, Studio Weave instead made a feature of it
Lullaby Factory spans a total of ten floors in height, and 32 meters (105 feet) in length
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Lullaby Factory spans a total of ten floors in height, and 32 meters (105 feet) in length
A decommissioned boiler was implemented into the design
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A decommissioned boiler was implemented into the design
The Lullabies can only be experienced from within the building
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The Lullabies can only be experienced from within the building
Sound artist Jessica Curry was commissioned to produce relaxing lullabies
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Sound artist Jessica Curry was commissioned to produce relaxing lullabies
The installation brings to mind the magic of classic children’s stories like Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
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The installation brings to mind the magic of classic children’s stories like Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
Lullabies are heard either through special “listening pipes” located near the hospital canteen, or by tuning into an internal radio station
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Lullabies are heard either through special “listening pipes” located near the hospital canteen, or by tuning into an internal radio station
The project was put forward following a multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital
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The project was put forward following a multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital
"Whiskissing Bristles" (Lullaby Factory machinery) concept sketch
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"Whiskissing Bristles" (Lullaby Factory machinery) concept sketch
Sketch depicting balcony view of the Lullaby Factory
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Sketch depicting balcony view of the Lullaby Factory
Sketch depicting view of Lullaby Factory from inside building
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Sketch depicting view of Lullaby Factory from inside building
"Humurmuring Transmitter" (Lullaby Factory machinery) concept sketch
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"Humurmuring Transmitter" (Lullaby Factory machinery) concept sketch
"Lollobubble Looper" (Lullaby Factory machinery) concept sketch
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"Lollobubble Looper" (Lullaby Factory machinery) concept sketch
Lullaby Factory concept sketch
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Lullaby Factory concept sketch
The "Pickled Picture Peeper" is reported to measure the quality of the lullaby
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The "Pickled Picture Peeper" is reported to measure the quality of the lullaby
Lullaby Factory schematic
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Lullaby Factory schematic
The "Solilooting Plant" is said to ensure the lullaby is soothing but not sad
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The "Solilooting Plant" is said to ensure the lullaby is soothing but not sad
The "Whistful Fillments" reach up from the rooftops and comb the air for wishes
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The "Whistful Fillments" reach up from the rooftops and comb the air for wishes
Lullaby Factory concept sketch
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Lullaby Factory concept sketch
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Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children’s hospital based in London, UK, which recently received an installation dubbed “Lullaby Factory,” courtesy of architectural firm Studio Weave. Spanning a total of ten stories in height, and 32 meters (105 feet) in length, Lullaby Factory enlivens a formerly dull space while producing gentle lullabies which can only be experienced from within the building.

The project was put forward following a multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital which resulted in several large windows directly facing a nearby pipework-ridden brickwork facade. Rather than attempting to hide this pipework or tidy it up somehow, Studio Weave instead made a feature of it, incorporating various fixtures and fittings from the aging building in order to create a compelling vision of a Lullaby Factory.

The project was put forward following a multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London
The project was put forward following a multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London

Sound artist Jessica Curry was commissioned to produce relaxing lullabies, and these are accessed either through special “listening pipes” located near the hospital canteen, or by tuning into an internal radio station.

The attention to detail brought to bear by Studio Weave is impressive, as highlighted by the architectural drawings in the Image Gallery.

The installation brings to mind the magic of classic children’s stories like Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, and seems a fitting addition to the same hospital which also owns the rights to Peter Pan.

Source: Studio Weave via TreeHugger

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2 comments
Racqia Dvorak
I'm sure hearing lullabies all the time couldn't turn creepy....
JAT
I think its just wonderfu... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz