17 January 2013
Architectural Association, London
My starting point was generated by an interest in how people escape everyday life. How can escape be a way of dealing with or surviving within a system? My research investigates how people use the “void” as a mechanism of escaping reality – how every system needs a backdoor. For example: daydreaming, drugs, fantasy, cigarette breaks, costume parties, online worlds, meditation, … all these are examples of how human beings enter their own personal void.
Our site, the Isle of Dogs, is a diverse place in London that is filled with contrasts. It is where one of the most intense economic areas of Europe is situated – Canary Wharf. By projecting my interest on this site I ended up researching office spaces. The phenomenon of escape is deeply rooted within this place. In many cases the office core as a spatial structure is used as the generator of escape. Through my project, I want create a discussion about reinventing or rethinking cores and how they may capture the void as more than just a rational structure of supply.