Chance Encounters




Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm

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'Chance Encounters', a creative installation, explores the life-changing sparks that fly from accidental meetings and looks at how good design can be a catalyst for unexpected collisions.

Chance Encounters, a collaborative installation by international design practice HASSELL and lighting designers einstein&sons, is a celebration of the unforeseeable outcomes of the random, the unknown, the unplanned and the unpredictable.

Opening in the design practice’s new Shoreditch studio, Chance Encounters is an exploration of how thoughtful design can bring people together in unexpected and positive ways.

Based on the idea of being caught in a sudden rain storm, this immersive installation uses interactive digital technologies and lighting design hidden amongst a beautifully crafted backdrop to create a playful and surprising experience which responds to the presence of visitors and encourages their interaction with the space and each other.

We have all had a moment of being caught in a torrential downpour and have sought shelter in a doorway, huddled next to strangers. Responding to the spectacle in front of you, conversations are sparked, which may lead nowhere - but equally could open up untold and unforeseeable opportunities.

Chance Encounters builds on the idea of the potential outcomes of an impromptu meeting. It explores the fortuitous outcomes that can arise out of these moments and how as designers we can turn turn otherwise 'dead zones' into interactive places which can unlock untapped value for the people who use them.

HASSELL and Arup

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in the United Kingdom, Australia, China and South East Asia. We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them - the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives. It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging.

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work.
We are truly global. From 92 offices in 40 countries our 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.
Founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values, our unique trust ownership fosters a distinctive culture and an intellectual independence that encourages collaborative working. This is reflected in everything we do, allowing us to develop meaningful ideas, help shape agendas and deliver results that frequently surpass the expectations of our clients.
The people at Arup are driven to find a better way and to deliver better solutions for our clients.
We shape a better world.

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