Loop.pH is a London based spatial laboratory experimenting across the fields of design, architecture and the sciences. The studio was founded in 2003 by Mathias Gmachl and Rachel Wingfield to form a new creative practice that reaches beyond specialist boundaries.As a studio Loop.ph create visionary experiences and environments that allow people to dream and re-imagine new visions for our future. We explore the role of art and design in public space by working outside of the gallery, museum and laboratory. The Horticutural Spa is the future spa for plants and people, part greenhouse, part pneumatic bubble and inflated with medicinal fog for people to come, stop, breathe and connect.
The Horticultural Spa reinvigorates the Thames River Path, inviting people into an ephemeral and futuristic bath meets tea-house. Once inside your herbal brew is served through clouds of fragrant fog consumed through breathing and absorbed into the skin.
Loop.pH transformed this public garden in order to tell the story of water scarcity and the innovative technology and social models that could be redeveloped to reduce consumption and encourage public bathing again as a ritual and enriching social experience. We hope to see you on the riverside to collectively bathe in fog.
As part of the program, meditation sessions were held in the spa and a special event where Dom Bridges of Haeckles curated the fog, alongside a stunning ambient soundtrack specially created by Mileece, a sonic artist who generates music from the electro-magnetic emissions from plants.
Our work speculates on near and far future scenarios as a way to probe at the social and environmental impact of emerging biological and technological futures. The environments we create often synthesise living materials with digital tools, whilst exploring a new role for designers working at an urban scale
Their installations can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY, the V&A Museum, London, Lord Norman Foster’s Private Art Collection, Geneva and the Bloomberg Collection, London.