Domiciliary Study by Removal: Luxury, Comfort, Privacy, Security, Territory

The exhibition breaks down a qualitative set of rules that architecture must follow. These rules aren’t about supporting bodily functions such as eating or sleeping, but they are the reasons why these functions must take place in enclosure. These qualities are applied to architectural forms and pose a variety of questions asked through visuals, performance and viewer participation, as seen in Domiciliary Study 1, 2 and 3.


Domiciliary Studies is a series of experiments in the building and breaking down of a dwelling. Based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs from his paper "A Theory of Human Motivation", the dwelling form is broken down similarly in a pyramid form, with the more basic needs at the bottom. The hierarchy is as follows from most basic, to least: territory, security, privacy, comfort, and finally luxury.


Five structures were built to represent architectural elements made to suit these. Starting with a complete house, architectural elements were slowly removed until there was only "territory" left.