The focus of this dissertation is on the exploration of interior environments
subjected to constant change.
This study will investigate the ability of interior design to relate and
respond to internal and external influences in a way which represents
the interior environment as one of spatial performance and experience.
Responsive interior design is investigated in terms of change over
time relative to temporal conditions through the adaptive re-use of
the temporary structure Les Grandes Tables de l’île Seguin by 1024
Architecture as a travelling crafts exhibit and design development centre
for Design Network Africa, a craft development initiative.
The host building Les Grandes Tables de l’île Seguin will be altered from
a single use, static interior environment to an active interior which is able
to accommodate craft exhibitions, workshops and design studios as
functions in sequential phases. The intention is to explore ‘timeliness’
in interior design and establish an enduring identity for the altered host
building, which incorporates constantly changing, temporary identities
influenced by varied locations, occupants and programmes.
The host building, consisting of a structural framework and interior infill,
provides the opportunity for exploration of an adaptable interior through
conceptualising the environment as one of a permanent, enduring
framework and specific, temporary infill.
For the purpose of the study the project is investigated in one location,
Sunnyside, Pretoria, with two different occupants from the Design Network
Africa client body, and multiple phases portraying the different functions.
Dissertation (MInt(Prof))--University of Pretoria, 2014.