BE OPEN Sound Portal




Landmark Project

Designed by Arup, the innovative installation explores the idea of “design that you can’t see” by focusing on sound and acoustics rather than aesthetics. 

Situated within one of London’s most iconic public spaces, the BE OPEN Sound Portal was an entirely new kind of installation that focused on the design that you can’t see – that of acoustics and sound – rather than visual spectacle.

An alien black, rubberised structure was home to finely-tuned audio technologies aimed at delivering pure acoustic experiences to visitors in the middle of Trafalgar Square - one of the busiest and aurally chaotic environments in London.

Every day, the BE OPEN Sound Portal hosted one of five leading musicians and sound artists, each of whom was specially commissioned to create a unique soundscape. Visitors experienced a range of vibrant sonic and musical responses, from the sounds of glaciers breaking up to electronically composed music.

London Design Festival

Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival feature hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2018 will be held 15-23 September, featuring over 400 Partners, Landmark Projects, and V&A Commissions.

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