Extra Room

Extra Room is a design project combining scale models and narrative elements to reflect on how advances in neuroscience and technology might affect our self perception. The Extra Room exists in an imaginary world where mind-reading technologies are used to ‘read’ the human mind. As the mind becomes transparent in this world a new necessity of protective self discipline emerges.


Utilising effects of sensory deprivation and methods used by the military to break someone down, the room enables subjects to adjust their thinking and beliefs. The Extra Room, a reversed disciplinary architecture, is built into the basement of a multi storey building where it is shared by the house’s inhabitants. In collaboration with Gunnar Green

Extra Room from Bernd Hopfengaertner on Vimeo.


2010 Designed Disorder, Cube Gallery, Manchester, UK
2009 What If…?, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland