Room within a Room

Our entry ‘Jill of All Trades’ has been shortlisted to win the the Room within a Room competition organised by the RIBA Journal. The proposal imagines three modest spaces for trained illustrator, three-job zero-hour worker, and would be horticulturalist, Jill – as prompted by the brief, she is today’s Renaissance woman.

The proposal owes much to the ‘tokonoma’ – a traditional feature of the pre-war Japanese home whereby alcoves are formed within a broadened wall for the storage and display of artefacts precious to the family. Here, an autonomous room is constructed to similar effect. In Japan the tokonoma is not to be stepped within unless to change the display – in our proposal the raised dais marks Jill’s territory – a room of one’s own.