"Magic Mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?”
“My queen, you are the fairest in the land.”
“Magic Mirror in my hand, who is the fairest in the land?”
“My queen, you are the fairest in the land. But Snow White is a thousand times more beautiful than you.
-Snow White, The Brothers Grimm
Queen/Void/Liquid explores a Mausoleum for the Queen of England and its people. The project merges a hybrid programme between a fake prequel, warm up Mausoleum for the Queen and a photo-booth.
By foreseeing a mass public pilgrimage in anticipation for the inevitable the space is organized around the visitor journey and today’s obsession with photo taking even under absurd circumstances.
Between Cenotaph and Mausoleum the space is formed by 3 spaces where visitors and memory are explored and recorded from construction to usage. The design concept and the construction method are interweaved in a sequential and derivative logic. Each space is designed as building formwork for the next subsequent space creating a derivative progeny between, process and spaces.
The design is divided in 3 parts:
- The Void - an underground stone space, it nests the The Crown mould formwork.
It is a space for visitor’s circulation and star gazing;
- The Crown – a distorted metal mould in crown shape, it forms the main space for the Mausoleum.
It is devoid of corpse in its interior and functions as a photo booth for visitors;
- The 1000 Liquid Faces – a shiny cast piece positioned under The Crown mould. It is composed of one thousand sculpted faces from social archetypes. Operating as interactive interface the metal faces are digitally overlaid with the visitor’s photos to be seen from The Void below. Distorted, glorified and inappropriate they form a temporary census of British beauty, civic behaviour and The Crown void.
John Soane's Museum competition for the elevated self, in collaboration with Naja & de Ostos.