The Unity Centre

Joana Benin

In a future communist society, the youth must be taught how to interact with one another in a world that fosters equality and stability. In order to avoid conflict and live peacefully, the Unity Centre is the youth’s first exposure to volatile emotion and social interaction. The centre aims to provide spaces where the youth can experience different types of emotion within a safe environment to build an emotional tolerance to conflict and distress. The movement through the building is a ride that conforms to the idea that the physical nature of the Unity Centre no longer needs to be restricted by traditional design standards, allowing for moulding of the architecture purely for user experience. The structure is a membrane that shapes according to the youth’s emotional capacity, becoming ’a womb;’ from which a new understanding of emotion emerges. The four main spaces exhibit the most commonly encountered emotions: frustration, fear, melancholy and joy.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.