Hannah Day graduated in July 2015 from BA (Hons) Architecture at Arts University Bournemouth. This is her final major project Carnarium.

Malnutrition is rising within convenience-led, fast-paced living. A fast food diet and microwave dinners consumed through perceived convenience and sedentary living cause chronic obesity and related diseases. Families no longer sit down together to a home-cooked meal, made from real ingredients with good provenance. This is exacerbated by a lack of proper food education and cuisine in schools which results in dissolution of the family unit and support that people rely upon.

Architecturally, this project reintroduces good food education, providing positively catalysts for further expansion of this initiative. The key symptom it aims address is a widespread disconnection between us and our food. Understanding where food comes from and how it is humanely processed is key to re-engaging and empowering people to make more informed dietary decisions and reintegrate tangible social engagements at home, work or school.

Our greatest disconnection with food is in the meat that we eat. When wrapped in cellophane, a steak for example, looks appetising; but would many of us still eat and enjoy the meat when faced with the task of killing, gutting, skinning and butchering the animal? The architecture for this project is driven by the desire to reconnect us with the flesh of what we eat, and it describes this through a series of tactile, material experiences, taking the user into the meat itself and creating analogously the connection between structure and flesh, of both animal and architecture.

Don’t forget to check out Hannah’s portfolio on behance.net.