A series of nocturnal stories
HEAD – Genève

Developed as part of the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA) at HEAD – Genève, this series of MA projects explore the role of night in the construction of contemporary cities and societies, contesting the obliteration of night in the construction of the architectural discourse and agency.

Monuments to Nanda
An Exploration of Nightlife Furniture in the Domestic
Elsa Audouin

Built as a tribute to Nanda Vigo’s (1936-2020) work, this research project explores major themes of her interiors, such as artificial light, reflective surfaces and the domestic art collection. This experimentation of forms and volumes is led by the possibilities of contemporary techniques of production principally applied to wood. It results in a collection of furniture pieces erected as interior monuments to the industrial glory of 1970 Milano’s nightlife.

The In-between night space
Setting up night public spaces within empty plots
Gonzalez Tapia Camila

Taking advantage of the empty plots that exist in downtown Santiago de Chile, the proposal aims to create a network of building-artifacts that work as public spaces to host the night citizens and workers. The project is a structure that celebrates the voids and supports different activities, becoming a luminous icon in the nights of Santiago.

Dance Trigger
A Mobile Infrastructure for Collective Dance
Patrycja Pawlik

Eluding finite labels, Dance Trigger is something in-between a character, totem and machine. Observing her surrounding, she stands and patiently waits for passersby to break from their daily hustle. When noticed, in return she plays her favourite tracks, trying to create an opportunity for collective dancing. She believes that the universal language of moving, equally shared by all creatures, can foster a weakening feeling of togetherness. She simply wants to know: When was the last time you danced?

Warehouse evoving between day and night by offering various spatial experiences
Léa Rime

In this project the Nightclub acts as an experimental laboratory. It’s 8 p.m. Inside, a labyrinth of mobile shelves allows night owls to lose their bearings while remaining in control of the experience they want to live. The scale of the spaces responds to the different sociabilities, situations and practices: from collective dancing to oneon-one, from discretion to excess. The light guides the crowd through the shadows and creates revelations and concealments, closeness and isolation so that everyone can have their own clubbing experience. A musical-poetic experience that constructs, in a circumscribed space, artificial landscapes through the programmed interaction ofelectronic devices of sound, light and smoke. At 6 a.m. the building changes shape to accommodate a day program.

Head of the Department: Dr. Javier F. Contreras
Scientific Deputy: Valentina de Luigi
Photos : Guillaume Collignon, Pool Photos HEAD - Genève