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A SOLIPSIST HOUSE

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Living cell proposal 2018

Philisopher Ludwig Wittgenstein lived for several short periods of time in his secluded cabin in Skjolden, Norway. The upper pictures are showing the model of his cabin. There is not much knowledge about the furniture, except one interesting element which is the fact that he cleaned the floor with wet tealeaves.

Besides this, Wittgenstein wrote a lot about the landscape in his diaries. Interestingly, this landscape that he describes isn’t refering to the exterior nature but the inner landscape. Therefor the model shows the outer landscape projected on the reflective surface that at the same time shows the reflection of The Self.

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This case study brought me to the design of the Solipsist house. 

Solipsism is the philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist. It means that anything outside one’s own mind is unsure. The external worlds and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind.

The question of the project is; how does a solipsist live in the current society; How would his living place look like; 

 

If you translate the concept of solipsism spatially; a space only exists when the Solipsist is present. The Solipsist thinks that he is the center of the space, he doesn’t need the outside world. To demonstrate, the bed is placed in the center - as referring to the bed of Huge Hefner - the place where you linger the most.

 

The architecture of the living cell plays with the idea of the center. The inner circle is taken out of the middle; The Solipsist feels like being in the center of the living cell but in the outer circle you see it is not true. The space in between is semi public; a space where the Solipsist can explore and imagine the outside world.