The Sensory Lab

Aisling FitzGibbon
Interior Design / Interior Architecture

College
Griffith College Dublin

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Aisling FitzGibbon

The Sensory Lab

My thesis topic was “Can universal sensory design aid in healing spaces”. Whilst completing this research it was proven how beneficial sensory design for the user is and how we gain immensely positive experiences from being in a space where all five senses are catered for simultaneously. Often, we forget about our senses being stimulated in everyday life. For this project I wanted to create a journey through space which allows the stimulation of all senses whilst also giving the user an immersive experience not commonly designed for. My concept MILK is inspired by the form and unique structures poured milk creates. I poured splashes of milk and drew lines shaping these splatters. The hand drawn outlines follow the shapes the milk created. These shapes were then built into 3D form with clay and then incorporated into the buildings space planning design and form of crucial features within the design. My concept photography shows how MILK is used by each sense which was crucial as I wanted to relate my concept throughout the whole design purpose. By using design thinking and problem solving, smell, taste, hearing, touch, and sight were all equally incorporated into the design. The use of materials and textures were also a key element in this design. With this focus on material selection, an opportunity for sustainable selections for these materials arose and how the sensory lab could use this to their advantage and teach users about sustainable materials whilst on their sensory journey. This building’s design also holds a cafe/bar for revenue, a pool and baths which has different sensory stimulation areas, studios for group bookings and classes, a lecture hall, and the five-room sensory journey.