‘An Englishman’s home is his castle.’
Taste, class, cultures, age, politics, economics, solvency and amenities are all factors that dictate and affect how we dwell. Our living environments either become highly personalised spaces or depersonalised accommodation. We can place our own identities on where we choose to settle, creating inbuilt personal narratives that become both part and parcel of the exteriors and interiors of our homes. The styles in which we traditionally build have deeply rooted origins that have spanned centuries and seldom changed. Post-war housing estates encouraged single use environments that lacked basic amenities and promoted monocultural and mono-functional domestic conditions. As a studio we want to comment and be critical on future modes of living, leaving behind the banality of mono-function and explore and challenge the traditional models of what happens behind closed doors.
As our population grows ever larger we fail to supply a demand to house. According to recent census statistics, London needs at least 40,000 new homes every year just to keep up pace, yet less than half that number are being built. As housing prices soar it now becomes increasingly difficult to become a home owner. This year, studio 5 are interested in alternative, near future modes of the domestic and the environments, communities and tensions that shape, influence, change and drive them. As a studio we will respond to these diverse communities past and present that have built and rebuilt their surroundings in their own identities. The studio will research, document and react to the extraordinary, the ordinary and the idiosyncrasies of how we live and break from the traditions of how a home could function, using Canvey Island on the Thames estuary’s rich and diverse history as a test bed for future living prototypes.
Studio Int 02: Action Stations
Kaye Newman, Janette Harris and Beata Szwast
Studio 2 will firstly explore the notion of Escapism by looking at the future of retail design.
Studio Int 03: Factories+
Andy Merritt, Simon Petty, Anne Thomas and Paul Smyth
This studio will look into how different forms of industry can reintroduce factories back into the centre of London for the benefit of both people and the natural world.
Studio Int 04: 24hr Transform-Atrium
Andrew (Sid) Siddall and Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
Studio 4 has a dual focus on 24hour Transformations and Atrium spaces.