Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master in Interior Architecture [Adaptive Reuse]


Interior Architecture

First Advisor

Jonathan Bell

Second Advisor

Markus Berger

Third Advisor

Julia Bernert


Inhabitants’ perceptions can be greatly impacted when they are in an enforced space, a state of incarceration. That sense of confinement can cause mental or physical health issues on account of the loneliness, lack of interaction or confusion of time and space. Living through enforcement and isolation deeply affect human cognition and behavior. We can also easily find precedents of living through enforcement in the plots of films. By studying narrative, this thesis reconstructs domestic space by investigating the changes in our daily life after our current pandemic. A spatial sequence is created according to the relationwship among time, space and motion by manipulating light, material, spatial proportion/ position/ order, etc.

There is always fierce debate between the practice of public health and human free will. In fact, these two deeply affect each other. How do architecture and interior space respond to this issue and increase people’s willingness to stay home? A collective experience is created for this new social connection that doesn’t require physical contact. With social distancing, people are still able to maintain the essential level of interaction with others through the design. By categorizing different clusters for different groups of people based on personal characteristics and daily routine, each community can have their own balcony type for interaction with their groups’ of people. The interiority in each cluster is also designed based on the group type and their own narrativity. This project can be a model for future isolated social existence or any other living conditions with restriction.


View exhibition online: Huaqin Chen, LONELINESS/ TOGETHERNESS



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