Liminal Terminal

The Juncture of Urban Balconies

It started with the fascination of progressive change in balcony spaces through time and events in place. The balcony’s functionality has elevated beyond an extension of an internal space, given a modern and democratic twist to its participatory qualities by sufficiently providing a  company that expresses a sense of community, and just enough from further demands of intimacy, a new and restorative unifying experience.

The pandemic and the new habitual social distance has led to the collective moments of turning urban balconies into a place of casual meetings and congregations, temporarily substituting the form of social scene in public spaces. The in-between qualities of a balcony sets out an outlet space for us to grasp the projections of city life beyond our isolated space, yet being able to feel secure within the comforts of our homes. The isolation has placed importance on our peripheral capabilities in helping us realize the lived reality. 

The thesis manifesto emphasized on continuity, the continuum of space made up of the known and unknown grasp of the environment, the intertwined layers of movement, event and spatial construct that exercises an individual’s anticipated vision and acknowledging the surrounding liminal acts creates moments of life into architecture. Hence, the notion of liminality is expressed in the production of architecture through the channel of a balcony’s spatiality. The reciprocal relationship between the balcony space, the liminal act itself and spatial distances are interpreted into programmatic translations. In order to retain the sense of continuity, as well as embracing the morphological identity within the city, the design focuses on movement patterns along the City union railway line to the Clyde promenade and finally Glasgow central bridge, creating an active spatial order that focuses on a continuation of movement that defines its place.

These liminal interventions revolve around spatial division shaped with the context, culture and function of a building. An expanse of urban balconies that embodies a continuum of physical space corresponds to both foreground and background, the design studies explores the motion of the city in spatial forms, enveloping the symbiotic relationship between the act itself and the beholder, establishing an urban depth that reflects upon a human-centred liminal space that is capable of creating spontaneous moments.