Tower Flat is the refurbishment of a flat in one of the towers of the Barbican in London. The design aims to provide a flexible environment for the emergence of the inhabitants life and work.
The research questions being reflected upon through the work are:
- How do you define degrees of privacy in a domestic environment at a time when the separations between public, communal and private are being redefined through the increased use of new technologies (social media...)? How does the home today create privacy and affords the creation of the self?
- How can interior architecture nurture the positives of the synergetic and increasingly blurred distinction between work, play and rest within the home, whilst limiting the negative impact of the stress that the lack of separation can create?
- How do domestic spaces evolve in response to the evolving diversity of the contemporary household? (A reduction in the number of traditional nuclear families, and an increase in the collaboration of individuals in a variety of dynamic combinations. How can the design of a home help inhabitants negotiate the positive of extended agency with the challenge of isolation and loneliness that this detachment can lead to.
The project is primarily designed through two large pieces of fitted furniture that are conceived to afford a broad range of daily rituals, some creative and productive, some communal. These blocks are adjustable and openable. They form a dynamic layering of frames at different scales for flexible use and curation.
This project is being designed currently and is aimed to be complete in 2020.