Sensing Home; Creating a Framework for Haptic Living
This thesis looks at developing a new method of designing small living spaces using the sensory body. It intends to re-imagine ways to provide a unique experience for each occupant, while offering a new perspective on how interior architectures can be designed for living in.
In the context of a rising housing crisis and with a specific lack of accommodation for students and young professionals, living in smaller spaces is fast becoming a necessity. A large body of research into the design methods utilised for smaller living within city centres expose an omission of the senses for the greater part of the process.
This research looks at a re-thinking of interior design processes where factoring the senses takes precedence over other considerations. More specifically the role of the sense of touch as the primary motivator is considered, supported by the sense of sight as its secondary factor. A series of experiments explore the ways the body interacts with surfaces, and how tactile qualities can define a space and create form. These lead to the making of a framework for design which in turn is tested through the creation of the interior of a small dwelling. This design-led research challenges the ways in which touch is used to design and reimagines ways in which small living spaces are created, with a focus on the senses.
Key words: Interior architecture, Exploration of the senses, Touch, Tactile design methods, Design framework, Small space living