Year: 2018

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah,

For: Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB)

Team: Jimenez Lai, Joanna Grant, Kyoung Eun Park, Yushan Men, Georgia Pogas, Tanvi Rao

Cave of Hugs is a super-furniture developed for the Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind. How can architecture assist humans who live without sound, without vision, or without sound and vision? The cave serves to dampen sound, warm the room, brighten its environment with colors, and hug back with soft textures. Empathy is something architecture can give back. Humans living without sound and vision communicate by touch. We designed a cave of hugs, clad in neoprene over a layer of sofa batting. This texture will be a welcoming source of warmth for people who can neither see nor hear. In addition to the tactility of this project, we also worked to consider human’s relationship with the observable wavelengths of the universe. The colors on the spectrum are points along a wavelength, just the way that sound in itself is a collection of wavelengths. For the humans living with no sound, we introduced warm colors. For the humans living with no vision, we introduced closed environments that allows sound to be dampened. 

How can architecture assist humans who live without sound, without vision, or without sound and vision? Cave of Hugs is a super-furniture that serves to dampen sound, warm the room, brighten its environment with colors, and hug back with soft textures by cladding colorful neoprene over a layer of sofa batting. In addition to the tactility of the cave, this project also worked to consider human’s relationship with the observable wavelengths of the universe. The colors on the spectrum are points along a wavelength, just the way that sound in itself is a collection of wavelengths. For the humans living with no sound, we introduced warm colors. For the humans living with no vision, we introduced closed environments that allows sound to be dampened.