Derivative Architecture

Jack Self – United Kingdom

The Derivative Architecture series (2011—2020) is a decade—long project focused on new forms of domestic architecture, experimental financial models and communitarian ownership. It treats the terms and conditions of debt as a field for architectural design, in order to create more egalitarian, cooperative and inclusive forms of housing.
Products of the research include a trilogy of design projects: The Ingot a 350m gold—plated tower designed to house low—paid, precarious workers, Default Grey, it is an experiment in forms of communal life and Empire Hotel a members club where annual fees confer the right to stay in one of its rooms.