Dehouse 1

One of the most striking architectural projects of the twentieth century took place during the Second World War. The concept was developed in 1942 by the chief scientific advisor to the British government, Professor Frederick Lindemann known as Baron Cherwell. He had a task of exploring the most effective ways in which the British troops will be deployed to fight Hitler. Cherwell’s proposition was to demoralise German people and destroy public support Nazis had by destroying homes. He presented The Dehousing Paper to Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the cabinet’s debate on the most effective ways to fight Nazi Germany.
Dehouse is a system for moral and physical recovery.

Dehouse 1 is constructed around mobile pieces of heavy urban fabric which functionality has been removed by destruction but its new form provides a foundation for new construction system that creates a vibrant civic space for a transformed society. Its spatial logic comes from processes of surveying the heavy elements and matching their ability to serve as furniture, structural support, spatial division or facade with light structures which form enclosures, organised spatial layout and circulation.