Alexander Thomson Scholarship 2012
The bay window in the Parlour at Holmwood House dominates the room. The now redundant main space is overpowered by the sole source of natural light. The space feels skewed toward the window, which itself seems disconnected from the room.
The insertion of mirrored panels to complete the cylindrical bay window allows the space to remain the key focus of the Parlour, completing its apparent disconnection.
The introduction of a ‘Camera Obscura’ pinhole projection through these mirrored panels transforms the Parlour into an observatory of both the occupants of the bay window space, and the garden beyond.
This duality of experience; complete exposure to the natural light and garden view within the bay window, contrasted with the voyeuristic experience of observing this same space through the camera obscura, references Patrick Geddes’ ‘In world’ and ‘Out world’, the ability to reflect on and internalise an experience.