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The Enigmatic Dwelling
The dwelling is constantly under flux with its rooms, furniture and activities changing and amalgamating. From the 19th century dwelling, hyper-specific rooms fragmented furniture and activities into specific-places. In the contemporary studio flat, all these have been amalgamated into one space.
Following this trend, the project proposes to merge the house in its totality onto a single surface condition, blurring the distinction between architecture, furniture, activity and the dweller.
Instead of proposing a tabula rasa, the surface embeds into the history of a Victorian Villa in Northern London, taking its past and present and recording it within the surface.
On the surface, the messiness of life is cast onto it. The feet of its inhabitant by the entrance, the moment they spilt ketchup whilst eating dinner, or their favourite sleeping position.
By doing this, the proposal explores our sense of familiarity and habit created from our relationship to objects and how their design and agency reinforces the way we practice everyday life.