Conseptualizing for the Senses

This materials study dives into the properties of cedar wood to explore human connections with architectural environments. The initial results were applied to a display in order further discover how design can provide stimulus for the human senses of touch, sound, vision and smell and the psychological ramifications of that stimulation. 

Display:

Provides visual appeal through the use of wood columns with light filtering from above to resemble a clearing of cedar trees. Raw wood is left untreated to release its natural smell. Wood chips on the floor create a soft feeling underfoot and a gentle crunching sound reminiscent of a forest floor. 

Next Steps:

Additional investigation into how these natural properties can inform environmental design with further research into user response to the sanctuary. Exploration into how end users would apply sensorial stimulation to enhance their own wellness environments (hospitals, meditation centers, etc).