In Memory of Space



The motel portrayed, “In Memory of Space", is heterotopic, in nature, and suggests a liminal place of escapism, by staging a variety of non-linear events. These spatial renditions, or evidence-like clues, are pieced together through an allegorical literary device, while foregrounding a microcosm of society, imaginatively reflecting on itself. 

A place for escapism, the motel introduces guests to a combination of two different realities – a vivid present, coupled with an equally vital reconstruction of their imaginary past. To construct this spatial setup, seven classical characteristics of human fascination with ruination are utilized and deployed as a design framework to create customizable spaces for such an imaginary past. One that summons the memory of the guest’s hearts, provoking new encounters with memories, both familiar and strange.

By making specific, highly tailored, memory thickened scenes, contextual components are altered, negotiating differences from one person, to the next. The spatial narratives, representative of the story plot lines, structure the specific spatial environment. Through negotiations with the present, and a carefully curated imaginary past, multiple identities – a result of negotiations of spatial encounters and the guest, coexist, and superimpose themselves at the same time, establishing parallel, but distant worlds.

Through the design of a discursive and embodied field of movement, the motel provides literal material means to encourage behavior that augments the original spatial intent of the motel. “In Memory of Space” provokes human motivated, and interactive roles for architecture, framing an inconclusive cohesion of varied spatial and temporal realms, towards reimagining memories, both present and past.
Faculty Advisor:
Perry Kulper