architect: Tomaso Boano, Jonas Prismontas
location: London, UK
Will London still be the capital of creativity, arts and crafts in 10 years’ time?
With the significant increase in educational fees and rental prices, both residential and work spaces, London seems to be heading towards an era of a relentless battlefield for its citizens . London has always represented a hub for creative minds but recently these financial pressures have turned 'creativity' into an industry that can only be joined by people who are able to afford an education and pay the rent without a fixed work income. Creativity should not be linked to a social status. It arises within people and therefore anyone should be granted the opportunity to investigate, experiment, rehearse and play. To do this we need more affordable spaces.
Minima Moralia is a critical installation, a manifesto of social hope with no political intention. Inspired by our namesake, T. Adorno 1951's masterpiece, it investigates and reflects our "damaged lives" in current London condition.
Minima Moralia is a programmatic vision for London's backyards and interstitial spaces. Each of them will be temporarily occupied by artists. Workshop and live/work studio spaces have potential of creating new typologies for creative communities that would pop up in unused public or private spaces around London.
Minima Moralia investigates the process of inhabiting a space. Each artist will bring their tools and have the opportunity to reveal, if reckoned, the secrets of their craft. The tight space will filter out the unnecessary. Only what is essential to produce their art can be hosted and used.
Minima Moralia is a social experiment. It promotes human interaction and interconnection between private spaces and public use. London Housing typology often includes green areas and backyards, which are sometimes abandoned or misused. This project is a type of urban acupuncture that targets those places and effectively brings life into them.
Minima Moralia interacts with the context. The space allows a glimpse into the creative process and the crafting abilities that take place inside. Openings are designed to give a range of options to interact with the outside world:
the window: an elegant vertical unfolding opening with a "feel at home" quality. It is a subtle but direct contact with the external world allowing people to "take a peek."
the canopy: a folded opening that lifts to reveal one side of the workspace. It fully exposes the internal space and the activity happening within. At the same time it creates an inhabitable threshold between the structure and the surroundings.
the skylight: an opening where sunlight flows freely inside. It is a little glimmer of a constant connection with the stars and the sky above.
Minima Moralia is a design piece. Modular steel frame creates an empty grid with multiple potential for internal configurations. Shelves, desks, artificial lights and curtains can be provided to meet the user’s needs.