New Spaces of Labor
Burnout is an emotional and physical exhaustion, a result from one’s working life. Our modern working lifestyle pushes workers to the limit, to be detached from themselves and their bodies. The number of workers that experience burnout is increasing around the world, where some may decide to even lose their lives. In Netherlands, 13% of Dutch employees experience burnout according to the CBS. Workers are being affected from uncontrollable outside forces and systems, when it becomes truly important to stop, reflect, and contemplate. It is up to each individual worker how to experience the situation.
HAKA building becomes a new factory, which through a sensorial and meditative experience will guide workers to be more productive, thanks to contemplation and introspection. Through their single journey in the building, the workers are directed to work inside themselves and to focus on their bodies and the surrounding environment. The route of the journey in the building is mapped according to the characteristics of the interior, which leads them to a conversation with the building’s existence. Projection mapping is implemented in each destination as a device to challenge visual perception. With different body postures and through different sequences, the workers will experience an alternative way to perceive the world. From the entrance to the exit, the journey completes one cycle of their route, which will send them back to their work cycle again. The HAKA building serves the workers as a place to retreat, reflect and to become a productive worker again.