Originally, the structures were to be upholstered with a thick felt onto a fibreglass base, in order to focus on the necessity of creating an insular environment that delivered a cocoon like enclosure around the player and blocked out exterior distraction. When manufacturing started we realised that the perforated steel’s opacity served our objective best – to encourage a shared experience while at the same time providing a degree of isolation and immersion. We decided then to upholster only a few panels in the interior to provide more comfortable use.

The whole fabrication resembled building a 3D puzzle as each piece (800 different panels) had to be cut and then joined with its neighbours at the right angles. For this we got invaluable assistance from the RCA’s Scuplture School.