Our homes and dwellings are dominated by standardization and generic solutions that blunts our perception of what is possible and could be different. This thesis project consists of three elements that reflect and resist, through a minor, yet significant alteration, the dominant status quo of standardized building components:
-The format and use of the literature archetype the manual as the facilitator of ideas.
-The domestic door as a symbol for everyday architecture.
-The self build as a tool for creative emancipation and reclamation of built space. A stepping stone towards an autonomous individual
By combining these three elements the project investigates and proposes an alternative outlook on the objects and architecture that surrounds us daily. The project asks the question: how can a dweller use his/hers inherent agency of making to alter the standardized home interior architecture? It is not novelty that the craft of making has been gradually diminishing since the industrial revolution. The mass produced and standardized became norm and the will for unique and handmade objects became less demanding. Only when something malfunctions in our dwellings do we point it out and become aware of its existence, I believe that the objects and architecture surrounding us have a real and significant impact on our feelings and behavior. So why contend with what is offered when the bland and generic can be so much more?
The printed manual is a marginalized literature format since the incorporation of digital help systems and the internet. But I think it has potential of offering alternative methods for re-injecting creator lust and joy. For this reason, this thesis project is made in the form of a manual. Rather than dictating, manuals have the quality of leading the way proposing customization in a step by step manner that appeals to and can be easily understood by many.
The project acts as an initiator and suggestive gesture towards critical thinking about standardization in building and interior architecture. In addition to the manual, the project consists of the physical fabrication of a full size door which is designed considering various qualities of the door as a complex architectural element.