Hospital of Nested Bags
The key ideas of, “The Container, Contained and the In-Between” is an encapsulation of the motivations in my design. The poetic suggestion of each word constitutes the philosophical essence that overlaps the field of architecture. This overlap resonates with the ideals that philosophy and etymology bring richness to architectural language. To create a play on words, the linguistic slippage of the world of holding, containers, and luggage is the baseline of architecture when designing for children. The etymology of the terms ‘suitcases’ and ‘baggage’ are enforced to create a dynamic paradigm for understanding a hospital and the ways in which they are occupied. By recognising the linguistic associations of ‘Baggage’, the semantics of the word can be understood and the figurative connotations of the form can be reflected in architecture. The commonality across all of these words - trunk, suitcase, baggage, luggage, valise, container - is they are all spaces in which we can find a deeper connection and place our own identity.