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Floatingtank in MUWA

Floatingtank in MUWA

Floatingtank in MUWA

Floatingtank in MUWA

Project TypeCompetition 1st prize, EU-funded competition
Size35 m²
PlaceGraz
CostEUR 250.000,-
Floating Tank at the Museum of Perception, public accessible

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80% of the human brain is permanently involved in processing subconscious perception (noise, body temperature …). A Floating Tank (originally invented by John Lilly) works using a simple trick: you lie, swim or float in highly concentrated saline water in the dark. There is no interference from the outside. Body and soul have nothing to do. Space seems to expand endlessly and disappear at the same time, drastically changing one’s sense of time.

Housed in the basement of the MUWA (Museum of Perception) in Graz, the Floating Tank was built into a former public bathhouse. It is now run as a public bath to be used by one person at a time. One bathing session lasts about 1 ½ hours. As opposed to conventional floating tanks, this Floating Tank has been tailored to fit into its surroundings, its entrance area and pool forming a unit. A wooden, automatic swing door fixed to the wall only closes the pool when it is occupied.

This seamless, heated and homogenous capsule is completely soundproof and thermally insulated, nestling into the original octagonal structure like a body organ. The isotropy of the material and the homogeneous light blue light inside create the impression of floating in a space capsule, designed to make space disappear. Similar to a pill, this blue capsule should be taken every three weeks. Floating tanks are used for instance by top athletes or the NASA for speed learning.

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