Home Post Home

 

 

Home Post Home consists of three hybrid architectural elements from the Polish and Dutch context, using information found in

standards of dimensions and materials from local residential typologies. The hybrids reference the self- built approach observed in

rural areas of Poland and practiced among Polish temporary labour migrants, who’s time in western Europe or elsewhere is spent

investing in the dream of “a house in the homeland.” This DIY approach results in haphazard architectures, puzzled together

variations of local and foreign typologies utilizing locally sourced materials and labour, the planning and construction process

being a variable of value of the final structure; a great contrast to modern, investor owned living environments, the value of which lie

in their potential for profit, designed by specialists guided by this agenda, utilizing imported and exploited materials and labour. 

 

Using architecture as a medium for embodying our complex, multicentered, modern identities, Home Post Home reflects on the

state of Modern Home as a space in between its traditional embodiment of Home as Utopia -linked to the notion of Homeland

and Belonging, and the Home as Non-place- a result of globalized commodification of the “feeling of Home”, in which Identity

is in constant negotiation in relation to Place- an in between especially experienced by the growing population of migrating individuals.

These hybrids embody this negotiation, confronting the rise of narrowly defined nationalism and mono-place sentiments, and the stigma

of vulnerability and precarity associated with modern temporality, while rejecting the familiar homogenous beige of globalization;

occupying, instead, the sweet spot between the familiar and unfamiliar, the individual and the shared. In parallel they reflect on the role of the

designer in the shaping of our built environments.