The Pop-Up Forest Bathing Pod is a temporary demountable and reusable urban intervention that brings the Forest in to the heart of our cities. It demonstrates the power of nature and reminds us how important it is to catch our breath and find a moment of calm in our busy lives.
The Pod creates a momentary sensory block from the cacophony of our urban lives. Lounging in the pod with the door shut behind you, allows people to bathe in the cool and soft quiet of the trees. The mirrors on the inside of the pod reflect the trees within to create an infinite forest.
Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese term that means “forest bathing.” It was developed during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care in Japanese medicine.
Researchers have established a robust body of scientific literature on the benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to promote shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world.
We developed our brief to try and highlight the issue of a lack of green space within our cities and also to remind people of how important it is to protect and nurture the bits of green we do have. We were also raising awareness of self-care and the importance of being mindful of our own physical and mental health. In this way the Forest-pod is a resource for information and advocacy for forest therapy and positive nature connection.
“The Urban GreenUP project is showing the value and benefit of greening our city centre. The PopUP Forest is an opportunity to explore some of the health benefits and also start the conversations about how we green our cities to improve health and make us resilient to climate change too.” – Liverpool City Council