Interior design isn’t always a simple decorative subject. It can also be inspiring and nurturing. This has been my motivation to keep expanding my limits through interior design. Personally, I view it as a medium to communicate social concerns that further provoke me to explore the world.
“…the more our culture tries to push the reality of death away, the more it tries to isolate the dead, the more death threatens to invade our whole culture.”
The intention of this project is to design an inclusive space that helps individuals learn from death and understand their own values in life. Within this interior, the conversation surrounding death will encompass not only human life but also the lost values in various aspects. With the development of technology, the interaction between cyberspace and reality has influenced our lives, including death. By combining contemporary factors with reflective research, this project aims to challenge the designer’s ability to identify potential spatial issues related to death and address them based on their own understanding.
The speculative approach to this space caters to both death education and consultations. The educational aspect welcomes people of all ages and aims to provide formal death education facilitated by professionals. It also explores the meanings of death in different cultures through the medium of textiles, as clothes and fabrics have always held a subtle relationship with humanity. On the other hand, the consultation side caters to individuals in need of mental support, especially those seeking to overcome trauma. To cater to the distinct target groups and ensure the confidentiality of consultations, it is essential to separate the two spaces and carefully consider the user journey for each purpose.
In modern times, individuals are experiencing increasing levels of stress, leading them to seek consultations when necessary. However, there is a lack of easily accessible and prominent professional information for people to reach out to. The process of finding a trusted consultation organization can be time-consuming. Despite the diversity in Glasgow, based on my personal experience and statistical data, there is an insufficient number of therapists from non-white ethnicities. This cultural barrier sometimes hinders effective communication during conversations. Consequently, the Death Education Centre can be perceived as a gateway that promotes communication, support, and enhances individuals’ quality of life.
Throughout the earlier research, which gives the project ageneral direction of what can be further developed within the facility. I focus on the senses that the space provides. Senses can affect people’s inner emotions, that can lead to a memorable journey. Modern technologies have made our lives more convinient, we can take pictures and record videos of moments we want to memorise on our devices. However, it deprives our ability to fully immerse in these moments we think are mesmerising at the first place. The devices offer us opportunities in extending our ‘storage’, but do we really own these memories? Can we recall the physical experiences that intrigue us to press the button that time? This thought also leads me to expand on the visualisation of the sensory experience.