Recognizing the capacity of illusions to unsettle and heighten our perception, this thesis explores a range of illusory detailing techniques to engage people physically and experientially in the interior. By nature of the program where visitors inherently expect the extraordinary, a bar occupying the top floor of the abandoned Temple Court Building - #5 Beekman Street is selected as a platform for the research. A series of design implementations in the site begin to intertwine sensory illusions with the tactile elements of the built environment. Visitors are secretly deceived and subtly engaged by the surrounding architecture to provoke new forms of interplay within the context of a social venue.
Thesis Advisor: Mark Rakatansky