HomeForest, an application that uses smart devices to bring the restorative effects of nature into the home, has been named the winner of the Davidson Award Ceremony.
The competition sought ideas on how the home could be adapted in response to the rise in homework, following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Selected for a £ 10,000 prize ahead of the other two finalists, HomeForest explores how the technology can be used to bring the beneficial effects of biophilia into the home, especially for people living in cities with limited access to green spaces.
His goal is to recreate the experience of “forest bathing,” the practice of walking in nature to restore mental well-being, known in Japan as “shinrin-yoku”.
The project was developed by architects Haptic, Squint / Opera visualization studio, sound designer Coda and Coda, biodesign specialist Yaoyao Meng and poet LionHeart.
Their concept envisions a “digital toolkit” that works with mobile and connected home devices, mapping the user’s home and their daily habits to create a digital twin of their living and working environment.
He then covers the home with sensory experiences “like the calling of birds, the smell of rain, and a projected image of a forest canopy,” to create a sense of natural surroundings.
The system would integrate an air quality monitor, ASMR-stimulating audio and gobo lighting, allowing it to track both the natural rhythms of the changing days and seasons.
“Inspired by exploring the positive benefits of the benefits of biophilia, and in particular the concept of forest bathing, HomeForest’s digital handbook works with perception and sensory stimulation to evoke a sense of nature without boundaries in the home,” the project team said.
Launched in 2020 Alan Davidson Foundation, The Davidson Award is an annual award for exploring various aspects of the home through the prism of design. It was set up according to the wishes of his namesake, the pioneer of architectural visualization Alan Davidson, before his death from motor neurone disease in 2018.
HomeForest was chosen for the inaugural edition of the award by judges including architect Alison Brooks, Narinder Sagoo of Foster + Partners, designer Thomas Heatherwick, Dezeena columnist Michelle Ogundehin and Home Museum Director Sonia Solicari.
Brooks said that the project is “like us who play music that feeds our soul”.
“HomeForest brings a more poignant, sensory connection to nature that I find super interesting,” she said.
According to Marie Chamillard, representatives of the Davidson Award, the project would resonate well with Davidson.
“He adopted all digital things early on, he liked to try new things that would discreetly fit into his home and improve the atmosphere. He would absolutely take advantage of that,” she added.