The pervasive nature of labour within our domestic lives only continues to advance. As labour and domesticity become increasingly entrenched in one another Architecture in turn must then act to address this by way of meaningfully denoting a perceivable separation between the two.

Here a simple work/live unit utilises a central service core as a barrier between workspace and living space. It also functions as a moment of passage from the outside world.

These moments of passage are important in remaining mindful of our surroundings and separating our private, intimate moments, from those more public facing and work oriented.

Tectonics work to emphasis this through a change in level while the floor plan facilitates the completely independent use of either space.

By charting the procession from bed to kitchen to bathroom, the plan controls the varying levels of shelter, with the bedroom being positioned in the most protected, separated part of the plan.

In exerting a clearly defined passage from living to working we are able to establish an equally well defined separation between our thoughts of work and the sanctuary of home.

These distinct separations and the clear composure of space are explored in response to the writings of Hans Van Der Laan who considers the proportion and volume of a space in relation to the thickness of a threshold. He considers this key to the human ability to perceive space and our passage through it.

Cell Floorplan

Domesticity in the Cell

Labour in the Cell