The Zen Door is a refreshing ritual experience for the Financial District zone of Market Street. It is a revolving door inside of a 12 ft. cube, that creates a natural and peaceful experience for the people who walk through the door -- offering a quick recharge and refresh.
When you enter the revolving door, you have your own private space that is covered in plants and flowers, has gentle lighting, with a fresh mist circulating, and relaxing music playing. The air is fresh and full of oxygen, the music and lights are relaxing, and the walkthrough is a delightful break from the Market Street bustle.
The essential value of the Zen Door is to provide a quick but highly meaningful ritual on a stretch of Market Street that is typically considered only as functional and not as meaningful. It aims to attract office workers and others who otherwise are stressed out on Market Street and give them an alternative experience on the street. It's aim is to make these users think of Market Street in a more positive and personal light, and to create moments that they will remember for a long time and want to share with others.
This project grew out of the Stanford d.school pop-up class about Market Street prototypes. It was inspired by ethnographic observations of office workers in the Financial District and & interviews with them about their attitudes toward Market Street. The inspiration for the idea was to give a tool for refreshment, as well as something that was a quick & meaningful experience.
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