Harijs Alsiņš

Harijs Alsiņš

Barcelona, ES


Ministry of Pleasure

The project creates a public bath-house twisted into an endless maze of sexual play and fantasies and publicized as the space for ultimate liberation; but all this indulgence is highly monitored and controlled, the project itself thus becoming an interpretation of the Roman 'bread and games', a veil on the public’s eyes.

The project stems from research of two extreme emerging social groups: Nashi, a right-wing youth political organization in Russia, and Club Antichrist, a fetishist swingers' club in London. A critical analysis of these groups and their potential conflict reveals larger social issues in contemporary society that architecture has to deal with; their spatial practices form the foundation of the project's architectural form.

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Status: School Project
Location: Moscow, RU
My Role: Project Architect
Additional Credits: The project was developed within the framework of AA Diploma Unit 5, led by Cristina Díaz Moreno and Efrén García Grinda with Tyen Masten, in the academic year 2010/11.