‘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
The Nudist Changing Machine Section A-A
Changing Room for the Confident Bodies
Night in the Nudist Treatment Space