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The Room #2

“The Room” is a representation and a proposal for the life and work conditions of nomadic precarious workers today. This project brings up this issue of the uncertainty of their work/life because it goes frequently unnoticed, and is considered quite normal.

Today the nomadic knowledge workers and young practitioners experience blurring of borders between places where they live and work. The author here also being in this position himself, tackled the design questions of this situation by doing one-to-one scale experiments in order to present firsthand takes on the issue.

With this strategy, the project aimed to provoke radical thinking for affordable living/working spaces for young practitioners through inhabiting unused spaces of existing buildings.

Here is The Room in Kunstfabrik Am. Flutgraben building in  Berlin, June 2017.


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The iconic window of the precarious room sticking out of facade. Photo: Ishka Michocka


This building is a semi-public and atelier complex, in I domesticated the unused spaces of its back staircase in order to respond to living/working circumstances of the precarious worker.


The room on the top floor occupied the highest, widest and brightest part of the unused space of the staircase.

The room is a flat platform; the bed and the table are flexible and fit within the thickness of the platform where they can be stored.

Photo: Ishka Michocka.



The elevated reading space, using possible vertical unused spaces in the shared spaces without blocking the access. Chair crawled in to the leftover space.
Photo: Ishka Michocka.



Collective staircase cinema, placed in the darkest part of the staircase. Using the existing potential of stairs as sitting space, and designing simple foldable chairs for these specific stairs to make it comfortable.
Photo: Ishka Michocka.



Filed under: Architecture, INSIDE, Interior Architecture, One-to-one scale Project, WORKNOT!

About the Author

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Arvand Pourabbasi is an artist, architect, educator, and maker. He is a co-founder of WORKNOT! Arvand is a co-editor and facilitator in Sarmad, a platform dedicated to politics of image. He is also a co-founder and co-curator of Neverland Cinema, a weekly neighbourhood screening program focused on situated cinematography. His work has been presented in Venice Biennale of Architecture, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Tehran Architecture Biennale, Showroom MAMA, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Architecture Banal, among more. Arvand holds a Masters degree in Interior Architecture (INSIDE) from Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst in Den Haag; and he has been a recipient of Talent Development grant from Stimuleringsfonds (2019-2020). Arvand is currently teaching at Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, and formerly tutored at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunst, Den Haag.

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