Sleep Tower Concept by Rebecca Cunningham rebeccabc.carbonmade.com , Unit 11, Sheffield School of Architecture
Using themes of escapism, light and the hidden, Shadows in the City of Light responds to the psychological properties of light, the deconstruction of the subconscious, and the genuine need for respite and care in Sunderland. These themes combine to form a project which consists of a respite facility for insomniacs workings together with an REM dream research centre located on a larger masterplan on the southern periphery of Sunderland which aims to bring residents of the city back to their beautiful but abandoned coastline.
The main focus of the project is the ‘sleep tower’ which is divided to allow the eastern light of sunrise fill the central core. The design has been developed through experimenting with a number of small prototypes located along the southern coast of Sunderland. Each bedroom is accessed through external pathways, acting as a natural deterrent of night time activity. Moving sleep pods provide additional sleeping accommodation, moving from the access platforms until the guest awakes and glowing like orbs when vacant. The dream research centre is neither accessed nor seen by the patients: clues are given through light and material change, as well as the monitoring stations in bedrooms- a metaphor for the subconscious nature of the research.