Urban Building: A Journey Through Sound, Heat & Queer Sensuality
Exploring the boundaries between bathing, dance, and sexual escapism, Jackson Deans presents a work in progress imagining a hybrid typology for the LGBTQ community.
Evidence indicates that the LGBTQ population is more likely to experience depression, anxiety, and substance misuse than the majority population. The association between minority sexual orientation and poorer mental health persists despite progressive changes in social attitudes and legal protection. This urban building proposal aims to help combat and prevent the harmful outcomes of the societal effects of being queer, or ‘othered’, in society.
My building centres the intersecting identities within the LGBTQ community. Creating dedicated ‘safe spaces’ for these communities allows people to not only exist comfortably without discrimination but to form deeper connections with one another.
The hybrid typology I have developed incorporates contemporary nightclub performance spaces into the fabric of a Roman bathhouse. Ideas of Roman bathing as both a social activity and a meditative experience, and queer nightlife as a need for the community are combined. The programme is arranged as a journey where the user experiences varying levels of physical and sensory intensity through light, sound, and heat. The spaces intend to provide different, perhaps contrasting experiences catered to the desire of the user; a meditative spa, a techno nightclub, private darkrooms, and virtually any spatial and atmospheric variance in between.