The moment Brexit arises so does a sense of confusion, on what are the actual implications of this decision, some may think of this a moment of freedom whilst others look at is an act of wrong doing. Throughout the history of migration, many cultures that came to Britain have been accepted as well as turned away. In today’s society, we’ve seen a shift back to the ideals that have once divided us, there is a sense of unity that is needed not only in Britain but across the world.
My Victorian building is suitably located in Bricklane the epicenter of London’s migration story. As auteur of this ‘promenade style’ experience I look to explore the sensory potential of architecture as a vehicle for communication media. The visitor experience is time based and is both collective and singular; environments are media rich, controlled, compressed, opened, hot/cold, connect as vertical devices, even penetrate the walls to the exterior street.
The narrative arc is perverse, at the beginning visitors enter the border and as a finale they are preparing to enter the border. Time has been manipulated as I encourage a discourse of uncertainty on the future that we face.
This building is a maze and you are forced to march through it. Following an intake sequence for arrivals, you face a complex set of stations for observation, verification, and neutralization. This building is a processing machine, you are the input, and the output, a migrant that is living post Brexit.