OSMO @ TED2015

WHERE: Vancouver Convention Centre, Canada
WHEN: March 16-20, 2015

We responded to TEDs 2015 theme of Truth & Dare by creating an experience that remediates invisible pollution from today’s technology, such as Electro Magnetic Frequencies (EMF) and Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC’s), whilst offering a respite for those addicted to, or needing a break from smartphones and social media.

For TED2015 we brought the inflatable Osmo to the conference – a calm, contemplation space that reproduces the cosmos and shields from electromagnetic radiation. A spa retreat of sorts, offering shelter from our pervasive digital technologies, where mobile phone and wireless signals will be shielded by a conductive membrane.

Leading up to the Osmo were several Living Walls fabricated with the Archilace technique that provided a scaffold and support for plants. This is part of a larger strategy to create living architectural systems for the built environment.


Osmo is an inflatable infinity space that reproduces the cosmos and shields from electromagnetic radiation. Visitors are invited to step into a monumental silver sphere with a projected universe held within its interior of reflective silver mylar – a NASA space material.

The mirrored metallic membrane envelopes the viewer, inviting them to bathe beneath the artificial stars, whilst listening to an ambient soundscape with live sounds from outer space.

For many inhabitants living in dense urban areas, the chance to gaze upon the night sky is near impossible with tall buildings and light pollution obscuring the view. A map of the cosmos is etched into the membrane charting over 9000 stars and planets.

Loop.pH craft and order space into magical experiences, and Osmo is an experiment in totally transforming a public space into a place of wonder and tranquility. It was first presented at Light Night Canning Town 2014.