Augmented Curiosity

AA Diploma 15
Unit Masters: Lucy Styles and Simon Taylor


Curiosity being the nature of the play, the proposal deploys an architecture of curiosity that creates un-calculated moments, wonder, space to explore, discover and rediscover. The project plays with instability, fragmentation and non-hierarchy to construct a temporal conjugate between reality and imagination. 


Using london as a canvas, the negotiable volumes are constructed spaces that turns london into wonderland. Referencing Alice in Wonderland, each volume has an assigned effect, ranging from colour, magnification, inversion, fragmentation and reflection. 


On a grander scale, the project looks at the temporality, the permanence and our post-pop up culture. Things that are built to last centuries often doesn’t. And those that are suppose to be temporarily are sometimes made permanent. Here the architecture is static but the vision is not. 


These negotiable volumes are constructed spaces that alters your perception of the city, lenses that affects your experience of your surroundings. The change in the environmental conditions triggers a new perspective of the landscape and that, generates curiosity. Architecture is the experience and your relationship of being in a constructed space. The series of interventions are an overlay of effects, which invites us to relook at our most familiar views.

“nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, ‘Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!’ (when she thought it over afterwards, it occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, and looked at it, and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down” 
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland