The concept for this project emerged from my dissertation titled “Liminal spaces; the significance of isolation”. The paper explored my expat-family transient growing-up years (and the covert-persona that I had crafted) against the ‘cocoon’ like ‘liminal space’ experiences that took me closer to my truer-self. The processes and experiences of identity construction discussed in the paper became the core principles used in designing the Entelechial (en – tele – key – al) Oasis.
The project began by building upon my work from semester 1, which explored themes of feminism, equality, and self identity. The intention was to empower women to reflect on their identities to understand how much influence society and expectations have had on their personal development. It centred around the divine lunar energy, which gave the users an experiential focus on their journey, as they rose up to the alluring unknown potential that resided within them.
According to Maslow’s hierarchy, for self-actualisation to be achieved, basic needs, safety, interrelationships, and esteem needs must be satisfied. These needs formed functional spaces in the programme, which enabled the traditional concepts of rooms and circulation to be redefined to architecturally create the conceptual ‘cocoon’ that is the liminal space from the dissertation. These were designed to connect the needs based functional spaces, taking shape as architectural definitions of liminal spaces; walkways, and stairs. The typically secondary circulation features become the primary focus of the design – symbolic of the programmes intent.
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