The brief for Studio 11 was “Pleasure” and our interpretation of what this could mean architecturally around the site. The Homeful Hotel took influence from the fact that Brighton has the second largest homeless population in the whole of the UK, yet when you visit Brighton – especially the proposed site of the Lanes, you are greeted with the idea of wealth. During a preliminary site visit, the roof heights showed the site area had been developed numerous times over time, but none of these developments addressed the problem with homelessness within the City of Brighton and Hove.
The programme provides short term rentable accommodation for the more affluent visitors of Brighton – whose payment subsidises a secondary accommodation programme which provides temporary housing for the homeless. The idea is to create a unique place of leisure for people to lodge on their visit which brings them pleasure as they are able to contribute directly into addressing the social inequalities so visible around Brighton.
The scheme sets out a need to provide the homeless residents of Brighton an address which they are then able to acquire bank accounts and other capitalist essentials in order to progress as part of the wider society and within the local community. This allows them to be supported in the heart of the city where there would potentially be greater opportunities. It considers the collective logic of houses and their necessity to be connected to global systems of consumption and production.
The proposal will also create economic competition in the area by providing another venue for bar and restaurant purposes, another economic benefit is that comes from the central location. It will also allow the local commercial economy to prosper from the guests.
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