Sleeping in Public

Temporary architectural installations should instigate activities that would be otherwise unthinkable. Sleeping in Public is a behavioural oasis, a test-bed for social interactions that are normally discouraged. Unlike the ‘defensive architecture’ of spikes and barriers found in the surrounding city, this installation is permeable, transversable and comfortable. Taking the form of a communal daybed or overscaled park bench, it provides a platform for public sleeping. Raised off the ground and shaded by palm trees, an undulating deck invites visitors to make themselves at home, to close eyes and activate other senses, or lie prone and do nothing at all.