ABI COTGROVE

Amphibious Bodies 

‘The Nudist Changing Machine’ 

Generally, architecture establishes itself simply as a static monument of its context, rarely accommodating the sensuous demands of the bodies that inhabit it, nor the fluctuating and varying demands imposed on the body as it navigates between different physical, social and cultural territories. 

The project is entirely concerned with these bodily demands and, in particular, the adaptable bodies that can absorb these changes as they cross territorial thresholds. These bodies are what I’ve determined to be amphibious bodies.  

The core issue when we conceive of ‘amphibiousness’ is the notion of belonging. There are two key factors that are at play in our ability to belong. Firstly, the way we behave (in terms of social norms and etiquette) and, secondly, our physical appearance (typical/atypical clothing, decency, and nudity). 

The architectural proposal, located on the boundary between the Brighton Nudist beach and the ‘normal’ beach, manifests in the form of a Nudist Changing Machine and Fetish Club, a facility in which the body can be dressed and undressed, bathed, celebrated, and flaunted.  

Nudist Treatment Space 

Latex skins and a water vessel system supply steam and water to various body parts for treatment. 

The architecture itself performing bodily functions; oozing, blanching, sweating and draining.   

The Nudist Changing Machine Section A-A 

From left to right: the steam room above the fetish club bar, the treatment space and the changing room for confident bodies.  

Changing Room for the Confident Bodies 

Fabricated from a fiber glass shell, internally clad with inflated pillows. A soft, glowing, flattering backdrop in front of which the confident bodies undress. 

Night in the Nudist Treatment Space 

The water vessels are emptied and flushed through, leaving behind saggy skin that hang loosely over the bones of the structure. 

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