Julie

Smith

MA Interior Architecture & Design

Liminal Spaces

My project aim is to design a series of partitions which exploit liminal and interstitial spaces to influence circulation, participation and perspective within exhibition spaces.

The inspiration to explore architectural liminal space builds on my retail career and design experience to date. My projects have focussed on designing specific places for specific activities. I believe that exploring surrounding space creates new opportunities and offers alternate perspectives.

The exhibition environment provides abundant opportunity to explore this notion. As visitors circulate, focus is on exhibits and movement is often linear. If the visitor could experience the space from different perspectives, the architecture itself becomes part of the experience, not just a vessel which contains the exhibition.

The role of the partition in an exhibition guides circulation and houses the exhibit. This research challenges the notion that partitions exist purely to divide space and can itself become the primary source of interaction.