My Flat, As Lived

Ink on Paper | 30 x 42 cm |
Ink | 30 x 42 cm |

This drawing illustrates the idea that architecture is not just about what has been designed by the architect, but is completed in a myriad of ways by the people who live in it. Drawing a plan of everything movable in my home was a way of representing spaces solely in terms of the objects within. It illustrates that beyond the architect’s design, architecture is completed in many ways by people who inhabit it.

This is the story of one person and one studio apartment (drawn with one pen). In my day to day work at a large practice, I draw hundreds of flats for thousands of imaginary people, filled with generic furniture for abstract families. As a reminder that these homes will someday be filled and lived in by actual people, I decided to document the space occupied by one person, myself, mess and all.


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