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AZ Awards 2022 Finalist: The Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment by Atelier Duyi Han

An architectural manifestation of a psychic experience, this ArtBnB apartment is part clinic, part sculptural installation. It evokes themes of convalescence, anxiety and psychiatric health. Some of the symbolism is scientific in nature: the silk furniture coverings, for instance, are embroidered with images of neurochemical molecules. Other symbols, like the upholstery and terrazzo floors, evoke a typical Chinese apartment. Others still, like the incense burner with a model pagoda on top, are just flat-out surreal. The installation feels both recuperative and disorienting — much like a stay in a hospital.

The Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment

The installation feels both recuperative and disorienting — much like a stay in a hospital.

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2019
People’s ChoiceTemporary and Experiential Installations
Location
Mexico City, Mexico
Firms
Block Research Group at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and Zaha Hadid Architects Computation and Design Group (U.K.) with Architecture Extrapolated (U.K.)
2018
WinnerTemporary and Experiential Installations
Location
Xiamen, China
Firm
DevolutioN, Xiamen, China
2017
People’s ChoiceTemporary and Experiential Installations
Location
Boston, U.S.
Firm
Matter Design, U.S.