The general consensus in Denmark today is, that we live in a world that is moving ever faster. We are constantly bombarded with information, with choices and with standards both digital and physical, and the cartography of the world is always in flux. Some would say it is a world of growing chaos and that the increasing amount of standards is causing the box stamped “normal” to become ever more excluding. And as the external chaos grows it leaves little to no space left for internal chaos.
The population of the larger cities in Denmark increases. Extensive brand-new areas for dwelling pop up, infills are squeezed in the small gaps and old areas are renovated and gentrified. Architects, developers and planners try to create a diverse city by mixing seemingly different dwelling typologies with 2, 3, 4… room apartments. The dwelling typologies and the way we dwell have become a standardised machine designed for the “common” Dane. An order has been established and there is not much room for people who don’t fit into the box of standards. It seems like architecture has forgotten for example that: “We also create the bedroom in order to activate all the intensity of darkness. To fuck and to dream. To feed the germinal forces. To return to the chaos.”
Simultaneous, the amount of people being diagnosed with a mental illness in Denmark increases every year. Often patients are treated with medicine and fed with various treatments. Some of the patients are even hospitalised in characterless rooms. These places are meant as standardised machines for recovering people and designed from the wishes of the staff. They affirm what they have defined will help the patients to control the chaos they live in.
This thesis turns this assumption upside down, asking: “What would architecture look like if designed to live in the chaos rather than trying to control or contain it?” Or formulated otherwise: “How can architecture adapt to the human diversity rather than confirming the societal trend normalisation?” Rather than building a mindset, we build for the mindsets.
The discipline of architecture has long served and been conceived from the side of the healthy and the “normal”, as the French philosopher George Bataille writes: “In fact it is only the ideal soul of society, that which has the authority to command and prohibit, that is expressed in the architectural compositions properly speaking.” This project addresses the role and potency of architecture from another angle, the sick and the non-common. What is the voice of those bodies that are rarely heard?