Idea Zone Blog

This is a Zone 5 Blog. This blog is about Architecture. Architecture is about a series of ideas built from conversations. Conversations create civilised societies. Societies are the medium amongst those who seek architectural truth.

Posts in MK4
The Nihilists’ Pilgrimage

There is something symbolic in the act of packing up and leaving to party on an island somewhere every year. The location becomes an important point of reference and evokes the spirit of a pilgrimage to some sacred spot. But the nature of these trips in itself seems to be debaucherous. There is another time in history when there was a proliferation of alcohol, drugs, and sex, and this was in the counterculture movement of the 1960s. One aspect of the 1960s movement was that there was an attempt to expand consciousness and thinking, anti-war sentiment, cultural exchange, and a feeling of universal love underlying the use of these means.

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Crystallised, Clarity on the Ecology of Ibiza

This project is a mixed-use, public utility project; a natural desalination plant combined with a nightclub event space. In response to Ibiza’s growing water crisis the project aims to purify the island’s damaged ecology, providing fresh water that’s procurement is exhibited as spectacle for the night clubgoer. By combining a sustainable public utility infrastructure with leisure, you transform people’s perceptions of what a public utility should be. These combinations are very powerful, as you are taking a necessity and giving it poetry and possibility.

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Blurred Realities: Immersive Escapes

This project brings together the ideas of on-demand media,instant gratification, virtual escapism and this self referential notion of revealing the ‘true self’. The proposal consists of two parts: The first is an online, on-demand service in which people can order a virtual experience, an escape from reality. This experience uses their personal internet data in order to understand their desires, and fears. The second is the headquarters, the factory in which these experiences are created. Located in Ibiza, the factory acts like a production studio crossed with a delivery plant, in which the virtual experiences can be flown out around the world. Within the headquarters also lies a deeper, darker element; the element of mass control. Embedded within each experience are subliminal messages from paying advertisers, giving them the power to creep into a persons subconscious and plant themselves there, a form of advertising inception. The two together form a system of collective consciousness; the individual sees what they believe to be an expression of their true self, interlaced with a consumerist agenda.

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Fluidly Petrified

Fluidly petrified proposes a museum hotel that provides a space for conversation and relaxation in the lively island of Ibiza, Spain. This diverse space aims to provide empowerment and free expression in a manner to challenge the status quo that gender has in our society. The location of the site tries to examine the relations between soft and hard architecture and the way these terms correlate with gender.

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Ephemeral Realities

This project aims to create a transient, experiential architecture that allows people to temporarily transition out of their everyday environment and into a digital environment that plays within different levels of reality, liminality and transcendence. The work is inspired by dance and its temporal, transcendental nature that constantly regenerates, moves through and feels space. It, therefore, considers the concept of space in terms of the body, movement and experience. The project is a deployable augmented reality nightclub that uses wearables both as a social leveller and a medium through which the digital environment connect to the experiencing user. As the augmentations map onto the users, whose movements vary, whose fashion wearable could vary, or whose augmentations filter vary - the space created will always be different and ephemeral. The preparation of both the users and the physical architecture itself become important rituals through which my architecture can be created.

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Towards Singularity

As a response to the growing intimacy with technology devices, which is imagined to evolve to become a human body part, this project explores what could possibly be the next generation of a device store. Located in Ibiza, people who went through the robotics augmentation surgery to enhance one body could use the landscape as a testing ground to test their new body. This institute of augmentation surgery, will extend through the island by a railway that transports the patient to their desired location for recovery and testing, which is a response to current clinical ward environment that is too blend and sterile.

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