British architecture practice Studio Weave has recently transformed an interstitial enclave among buildings in London into the Lullaby Factory – a "secret world" created for the Great Ormond Street Pediatric Hospital's young patients. This formerly awkward space becomes a secret location that cannot be seen except from inside the hospital and cannot be heard by the naked ear, only by tuning in to its radio frequency or from a few special listening pipes.
The project is integrated into the multi-phased redevelopment of Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London’s Bloomsbury area. It was developed in an enclave between the recently completed Morgan Stanley Clinical Building and the 1930s Southwood Building currently sit very close together. The latter is due to be demolished in 15 years, but in the intervening period large windows in the west elevation of the MSCB look directly onto a pipe-ridden brickwork façade, with the gap between the two less than one metre in some places.
"We proposed that the Southwood Building, with its oodles of mysterious pipes and plant is not really the Southwood Building, but the Lullaby Factory, manufacturing and releasing gentle, beautiful lullabies to create a calming and uplifting environment for the young patients to recover in," state the architects.
Studio Weave sought to re-imagine the Southwood façade as"the best version of itself", by creating something unique and site specific. Their new "fantasy landscape" reaches ten storeys in height and 32 metres in length, and seeks to engage the imagination of everyone, from patients and parents to hospital staff, by providing an interesting and curious world to peer out onto. "Aesthetically, the Lullaby Factory is a mix of an exciting and romantic vision of industry, and the highly crafted beauty and complexity of musical instruments," state Studio Weave.
Studio Weave: Lullaby Factory
Design: Studio Weave with Structure Workshop, AB3 Workshops and Jessica Curry
Program: space requalification at the Great Ormond Street Hospital
Location: Bloomsbury, Londra