Parlour's atmosphere is rooted in a memory of the past. Its design is driven by a rigorous modernism of the present and its planning motivated by the future of residential design. The Parlour conflates prior, now, and forward thinking. It is a memory palace. Here the combination of the historical marker of the arch and the vault are wrung through a filter of a clean and essential contemporary-ism which produces a hybrid that speaks to the forward thinker that refuses to forget the past. Today we shop in stores across the globe, wander the virtual living rooms of Instagram and share recipes across our national borders. We revel in the mash-up that it is to be human today. The Parlour is just such a mash-up, an all too human hybridity.
You’ve heard of muscle memory. We suggest that spatial memory works in much the same way. Here the arch and the vault in their purest form are mobilized to invoke a physical experience with an emotional impact. That emotional response is born in the recognition of the familiar, presented in an unfamiliar manner. A physical anamnesis if you will. The arch and the vault in this context are as much visual symbols as they are viscerally evocative psychological catalysts. Inspired by the vaulted bridges of Prospect park, the Parlour lobby, floating vault, is at once grand and modern: “grand” because of the associative connotations of a vault, “modern” because it floats miraculously over head.