Designers in Residence invited this year young UK based designers to respond to a brief set by Deyan Sudjic, the Director of the Design Museum. For 2014, this theme is disruption. “More than most, ‘disruptive’ is a term whose meaning is dependent on the context,” says Deyan. “It’s conventionally considered almost a bad thing — difficult pupils, bad neighbours, ill-considered town planning — it is now the most sought after quality in a new product.”
London designer James Christian has created a series of architectural parasites intended to occupy empty rooftops, car parks and greens of dilapidated estates across the capital for his residency at the city's Design Museum. The project aims to disrupt the state of inertia that afflicts current British housing design by drawing inspiration from past failed housing schemes.
Presented as "doll-house-scaled" models, the two proposed structures are designed as a new type of live/work paradigm that is instigated and shaped by the inhabitants of the building.
Christian is a graduate of the RCA, teacher of Spatial Design at Middlesex University and co-founder of design studio Projects Office.
Photography by Luke Hayes