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Inside Out

Part 1 Project 2014
Berenice Martin
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, UK
The practice of everyday life provides a fascinating view of human behaviour in social interactions.

Everyday life practice is a crucial element in the process of design. Taking the metaphor of theatrical performance to describe the way in which we present ourselves to others, it gives insight about social situations and does so with humor - a playful approach to evaluate in the clear light, the human condition under which we all evolve. These characteristics and the site conditions inform the design process.

This project is a contemporary theatre for performance. Situated on a 12,000 square meter site; located on a slope alongside the northwest corner of the Bemerton Estate in north London. The building creates a powerful, high visible focus for the ongoing physical and social regeneration of Kings Cross and the surrounding area. It will provide the opportunity to transform the space; an uninviting area, an active core, both for residents and visitors.

As a manifestation of the idea of performance, the project investigates different degrees of actions/performance related to human behaviour.

The scheme proposes volumes that are arranged over three main, stepped levels of intensities: the Entrance, Exhibition Hall (exposed), the Foyer (enclosed) and the main auditorium (in-between).

The building attempts to play with the very idea of drama and performance. There is a dialectic of revealing and concealing (exhibitionism and spectatorship), in and around the building, that constantly drives the viewer in and out. Each space within the building is intended to provide a theatrical sensory world. Both productions and the building itself focuses as much on the audience and the performance space as on the performers and narrative, intending to provide a unique theatrical experience where the line between space, performer and spectator are constantly shifting.

Berenice Martin


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