There is nowhere to hide; everything is public, transparent, visible to others. The sheltering walls of privacy have been digitally dissolved. The meaning behind privacy has slowly disappeared, public spaces are becoming increasingly monitored by hidden surveillance systems.
A public toilet is a place which should offer a secure and private environment. This project highlights the level of invasion that takes place by mass surveillance and questions the idea of privacy and voyeurism, through the design of a public toilet. Using certain materials and technologies creates a feeling of being exposed and vulnerable.
A propaganda advert communicating my position against my polemic of mass surveillance
Part One – The Presence of Absence (2020)
The West Pier has gone through continuous episodes of change in an array of ways over time. We are left with ghostly remains of the iron structure and have limited ways to visualise how it once was. Using technology and the elements of the site, I designed a totem that uses piezoelectricity to light up and resemble the missing piles that have been destroyed. This will create an ephemeral portrayal of the everlasting history of the West Pier as a part of the seaside culture.
Part Two – Natural Mixup (2020)
The essence of the site has forced me to explore the natural elements and the power it has to altering things. Taking the Festival of Britain 2022 totem shown above, it develops into a programmatic and experiential pavilion. Where the site and the natural elements overlap, a space is created that allows festival-goers to enjoy their time at a bar, which is a pinnacle of British culture. The design of The Mixup Bar pavilion considers notions of temporality, reusability and sustainability through different systems and materials.
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Interactive 3D Model
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Main components of the final 3D model showing only the bar (pavilion) and the chosen site context relevant to my design.