A respite from the stimulating cityscape is provided by a haptic experience. Dense spectacle in the city overwhelms the senses of metropolitan people. When the abundant stimuli dull sensory receptors, a connection with the built environment is lost. Can the senses be re-engaged by physically removing the body from the stimulation into a haptic relationship with nature and tea? A Sensorium is created to test this question inside the Tobacco Warehouse on the Brooklyn waterfront with a view to the city. Sensorium offers a respite for the people of New York City to bring sensory awareness by slowing down the experience and creating moments of haptic sensation. This thesis engages a design method for interiors to prioritize touch, smell, sound and taste while diminishing the reliance on the visual experience.
Thesis Advisor: Jonsara Ruth