AA HONOURS 2015: LOUISE UNDERHILL, DIPLOMA 14 Excerpt

FRAMING: The Undoing of the Terraced House

AA HONOURS 2015: LOUISE UNDERHILL, DIPLOMA 14

24 June 2015
Architectural Association, London

 

The architecture of the terraced house draws clearly defined linear distinctions within the home; those of interior/exterior, front/back, upstairs/downstairs, the spaces of the adult/child, man/woman, work/domestic and of the single/many.

 

The proposal aims to challenge these dualities and the individuation of the terraced house and subsequent housing models through a new form of terraced housing for London reconsidering what constitutes a family within the city today.

 

A system of two frames form opposite corners. One defining with privacy and the other with openness a meeting point, bringing together spaces and homes. There are no longer the black and white distinctions drawn with the walls of the terraced house but instead layers and shades of space.

 

The proposal creates an ambiguity of space; what space is part of one room and what is part of another, or what is part of one house and what is part of a neighbour’s house is questioned and opened.  The edge of the “room” is no longer the edge of perception and spaces and their inhabitations are visually and physically related and connected to each other.

 

To have the chance to present on Friday to people who have influenced and taught me, from first to fifth year, both tutors and students, was a very special ending.

 

For more information:

Diploma 14 Unit Brief

AA Honours on AA Conversations