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Institute of Contemporary Escapes
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This project aims to create physicalambience for escapism, that can take place in a variety of ways. Inmoderation it can be a healthy habit, that in times of fast pace of life, hectic schedules and information overload, can help us keep our sanity. The building is located in heart of Stockholm, on the waters oflake Mälaren, by the forgotten part of Gamla Stan – the infamousother exit of the subway. 

This project tries to intertwine reality with fantasy in a form of a new culture house – a public institution of our time. In the age of celebration of individualism on one hand and affirmation of communication, teamwork and cooperation on the other, this project aims to reflect those two natures of a contemporary person and translate them into architecture.

Therefore one can find a sequence of spaces for individualistic, introvert, spiritual escapes, as well as rooms for extrovert activities, places for people to gather and reconnect in an analogue way, tête-à-tête, in times of prevailing digital communication.

The building is located in the middle of the capital, but aside the main focus. Jetting out from land, part is submerged, half above water. What is underwater is solid, austere, opaque, concrete. What is above is light, flexible, wooden, translucent. It serves the individual, but can host masses.

Architecture mirrors the society and zeitgeist of our times. Hence this projects reflects the contradictions that we impose on ourselves and are expected of us. One has to be strong, but gentle; spontaneous, but disciplined; social, but self-aware.Therefore one can find in this project set of binary architectural qualities: intimate and overwhelming spaces, solemn and lively, warm light and blue light, open perspectives and framed views…

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 35
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Architecture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-228502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-228502DiVA, id: diva2:1210058
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Architecture
Educational program
Master of Science - Architecture
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Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-05-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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