British firm Studio Weave and Willis Newson created a new acoustic funnel-shaped sculpture made from 270 acoustic baffling panels in the atrium of the Bristol Royal Infirmary. The projects was designed to welcome visitors and provide additional patient privacy by reducing noise levels.
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Suspended above Bristol Royal Infirmary’s busy medical assessment unit, the non-intrusive light sculpture can absorb sound from the activity on the ground level keeping the natural light in the courtyard.
On a side it welcomes and inspires visitors by offering interest and distraction in the impressive hospital atrium… On the other side it minimises noise and assures additional patient privacy by shielding sightlines from the upper floors.
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“The sculpture works on many levels; it’s a stunning piece of artwork which creates a visual focal point for the space, but it also solves a lot of practical problems that hospitals have to resolve.” says Deborah Lee, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive.
The sculpture is inspired by the Terrell Rope Works, a family-run rope and twine business whose house used to sit on the hospital site. The design takes its cue from the dynamic, splaying strands of the rope industry.
Willis Newson is The UK’s leading independent arts consultancy specialising in arts and health. Willis Newson aims to improve the experience of patients and healthcare staff, both day to day and in the longer term. They work to create excellent environments, promote mental wellbeing, tackle key public health priorities, boost staff morale and involve local communities. Passionate about the capacity of the arts to achieve these things, they are also committed to the use of research and evaluation to demonstrate, measure and improve the effectiveness of their work.
Studio Weave is an award-winning architecture practice based in London. It balances a joyful, open-minded approach with technical precision to create a diverse body of work across the UK and abroad. “We value idiosyncrasies, from the characteristics that make somewhere unique to the niche skills of people involved, harnessing the strengths of each project to create something distinctive and of exceptional quality“.