Slide 1
“Cocoon”, made of felt and metal wires, adjusts to the shape of the body.
Slide 2
“Elephant” physically illustrates boundaries of visual privacy.
Slide 3
“Blinder” is designed in order to enhance focus. Made of sound-absorbing cork.
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“Lizard” is a flexible garment-like system that provides privacy by cutting out peripheral vision.
Slide 5
“Lizard” in action
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A rendering of an office equipped with the ‘privacy workspheres’

Pockets of the InteriorsPrivate Workspheres Within an Open-Plan Environment

We live in an era where the idea of privacy is more and more replaced by a display. This phenomenon applies not only to our virtual life, exhibited on the internet, but also to our physical life, in the constructed environment. Since Modernist architecture introduced the Open-Plan Interior, we function predominantly in public. This is especially true in big cities, where activities like working, travelling or dining happen in presence of others. Even if we agree that humans are ‘social creatures’ benefiting from company of others, there are moments when this is not a desirable condition. There are moments when we are in need of finding ‘a pocket’ in our surrounding. There are moments when we need an escape.

My thesis proposes such spaces of escape and privacy for our physical environment, located in between our bodies and the rest of the world.

Thesis Advisor: Joanna Merwood Salisbury