- # Environment
Hyper-connectivity has become by all means a new “state of nature”, and as for any environmental condition some among us will sooner or later seek shelter from it.
Passing from room to room, from inside to outside, from public to private, we are also constantly moving through a man created electromagnetic field: the hertzian space(1). We argue that a planning of this uncharted landscape is not only challenging for architects, but might become necessary.
Otium is a device that introduces a radical discontinuity within the field, a sudden clearing, a new form of private space. Going inside it you are you are actually leaving the hertzian space.
A light curtain which functions as a Faraday cage shields the occupants from the electromagnetic field, leaving them in a new condition of silence, the noisy multitasking is left outside. In a rather out of fashion praise of idleness, Otium reclaims our “right to be lazy”(2), it is a reservoir for unproductiveness.