Winnicott’s Space in Modernist Architecture

Jennifer Scott

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This thesis applies Donald Winnicott's theory of 'potential space' to three examples of Modernist architecture; Kettle's Yard, The Royal Festival Hall and the Dominican Monastery of La Tourette. Each of these three buildings demonstrate traditional building types (gallery, concert hall and church) that have been translated into modernist spatial forms. Winnicott's observations of infants playing emphasised a dynamic spatial aspect to psychoanalytic theory that has been influential in therapeutic contexts since the 1950s. The resulting evidence for the theoretical interconnections between Winnicottian psychoanalysis and modernist architecture and art reveal a shared emphasis on the dynamic subjectivity and plasticity of space.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Hughes-D'Aeth, Tony, Supervisor
  • Jorgensen, Darren, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date5 Oct 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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