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Semele Kari

  • Interior Architecture
  • MA
  • Driftingly Engaged Through Intermediate Use. Illustration of Tondi 57 Barracks
  • Tutor: Prof. Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla (Ph.D.), Kaja Pae (M.A.)
  • Master's thesis and visualization through mixed mediums

The proposal presented in my master’s thesis is the conceptual practice-based method of an intermediate use period inside an abandoned interior. As an example I have chosen Tondi 57 barracks which are close to my home and have gone through a long wait. My intervention would fill the waiting time of the building with a temporary interior architecture as a method. I came to describe the methodology due to the understanding of creating space through the process of completing the master’s thesis. I considered it important to find a suitable medium to present the problem and also the proposed solution. During my studies I took on the task of expressing my ideas through different techniques. Both old and new techniques were tested, but I found the collage technique the most welcome, because it’s repeated use of existing fragments is similar to the method that should be applied in interventions of already existing architectural structures.

The title of my thesis, „Driftingly Engaged Through Intermediate Use. Illustration of Tondi 57 Barracks“, refers to the temporary application of the abandoned space and the mobile format of the concept to be created. My vision of the architects’ one-on-one design process is an important step in practising the space to create maximum results when designing a renovation project for a building.

The aim of intervening in abandoned buildings is to provide architects and interior designers with an alternative working environment as well as a new methodology for practising architecture. Intermediate use as a method allows the designers of the future use of the building to make better contact with the existing space and at the same time offers an alternation of the traditional work space. During the occupancy of a building, intermediate use acts as a method of intervening in the building. Temporary interior structures perform through the intervention as a method of creating space – temporary interior architecture is the fruit of intermediate use that provides input for building’s future solution.

Interior architect preparing a visual interview.