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Virtual Ermitage

Mikhaylov Piotr / France


Describe a marginalized person you choose.

  • Age  28

  • Sex  Female

  • The person’s major condition you are trying to deal with.

1. she thinks her life is not worth much, compared to “the others”

2. she has a lot of complexes -including shame of her body

3. she can’t live her life in present-there is always someone who has a better life beyond the screen

  • Describe the design intent for the chosen person.

1. a bathroom cut of mobile network, with a little light and barely no sounds from outside

2. the darkness invites us to comprehend our body differently, water relaxes

3. the design targets senses, often forgotten beyond the screen. It all looks black, with slight reflections. Therefore, there is different kind of wooden surfaces, for example plywood, cork, used planks,,,

4. outside it looks intriguing-like a nest built of tar-treated wood

Design Statement

Manon has a job, a flat and is apparently not to complain. Manon is 28, has started studies in a university, but it didn't work well. So she started to work in a supermarket, to finance an undertaker study. Eventually, she became a nursing auxiliary.
Nevertheless she developed a lot of complexes. That fuels the mockeries, even from her family and her boyfriend. I was shocked to see how such a friendly person could be so unhappy, just because she has always been told she's awkward. A lot of modest people feeling left aside end up by accepting their marginalised status.


Through his cogito, Descartes distinguish a difference between our palpable reality and the immaterial reality of our spirit. With Kant we might wonder whether we are a body or we have a body. In these three different cases we see the conclusion that whatever the soul is made of, it cannot be fulfilled if the body or our idea of our body is in pain.

Nowadays the place where we spend the most time to take care of ourselves and get prepared to going out is the bathroom. According to the french philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, other people have a tremendous role in our image for ourselves. Constantly in movement modern citizen have become polytopic-torn between several spaces in a little time, with a multiplicity of social roles. It implies always greater responsibilities and sometimes even a tiredness of being ourselves. It could explain the exponential increase of diagnosis such as FOMO-the already well-known Fear of Missing Out-but also the fear of being deserted, and even depression. But the question of our relationship with ourselves with or by the community is nothing new. If we see or hear a person speaking too loud or catching attention, we become angry because the proof of our existence is ignored. So even if in social medias tweets are virtual, their consequences are real in the way we perceive ourselves. This ermitage project offers a protection where Manon could finally be on her own and spend time taking care of herself in real life. She will stay in the present, with no need of sharing it. Half light, will encourage Manon to reconcile with her body and the essential comfort of nudity. Seeing yourself in the shadows may surprise and taking a bath in such a place for the first time might put a strain on modesty. The mirror doors and symmetry of this ermitage emphasize the idea of going towards and beyond the barrier of the reflection.

I hope that such a project could remind the necessity of a privation, (or privacy) far from Saint Jerome
exploits, inasmuch as our busy lives could allow it.