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Brief Published: 11 Sep 2012

Be Open Sound Portal, London


The Be Open Sound Portal will be installed in Trafalgar Square next week as part of the UK’s London Design Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The innovative installation explores the idea of “design that you can’t see” by focusing on sound and acoustics rather than aesthetics. 

Designed by global brand Arup, the imposing black rubberised form is filled with state-of-the-art audio systems that will deliver sound design to one of the busiest and noisiest parts of London. The music has been commissioned by pioneering UK studio Sound and Music and will showcase a different sound artist each day, including Ivan Pavlov from Russia and Jana Winderen from Norway. 

The Be Open Sound Portal will run from September 19-23 2012. The project has been co-produced by the international Be Open Foundation, an initiative aiming to connect creative leaders from around the globe. For similar ideas and products, see Stylus’ Industrial Design Industry Trend, Transient 2014

For more upcoming festival highlights, see Stylus' Events Report, London Design Festival: Preview.

Be Open Sound Portal