Waiting Room by Dominic Wilcox


Waiting Room by Dominic Wilcox

Designer Dominic Wilcox has taken an abandoned office in a London building being demolished this week and painted the entire contents white.

Waiting Room by Dominic Wilcox

Located in the only room in the building not emptied, the contents of Waiting Room are left exactly as they where when in use, only without colour.

Waiting Room by Dominic Wilcox

The St Phillips Building, originally constructed as an infirmary, is being demolished to allow construction to start on a new student union for the London School of Economics.

Waiting Room by Dominic Wilcox

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Here are some more details about the project:

Dominic Wilcox was invited to take part in a quickly organised exhibition to celebrate the life of London's St Philips Building that is signed off for demolition today. The building started life as a workhouse infirmary for the poor in 1903 and went on to be used as a hospital for women before being bought by the London School of Economics. It is to be demolished to make way for a new student union at LSE.

Waiting Room by Dominic Wilcox

"I was shown around the building, all rooms were empty apart from one remaining locked office that was abandoned with all it’s contents intact. I thought that it was as if the room was waiting to die and I wanted to ease its transition from this world.

Waiting Room by Dominic Wilcox

My thought for the office was to leave it intact but to remove the colour from every aspect in the room (via white paint) thereby taking away a layer of reality and connection to our world as it moves closer to its imminent death." Dominic Wilcox

  • Whitepapaer

    Hmmz… now where did I left that piece of white paper again?

  • alex kirkwood

    waste of white paint

  • Urban Commentry

    It's really great to see how designers can get their teeth into absolutely anything and end up making it interesting. This temporary project is just another example of this. If one decides to read and think about the philosophy behind it, one can either scoff at the entire inanity, OR might be shaken at the beauty and eerieness of it all…

  • zetre

    Reminds me of this thing that Site did for Best back in the middle ages. http://siteenvirodesign.com/projects/best/best13….

  • mmmhhh

    Ctrl+Shift+U would make the same in 1" on Photoshop

  • e1027

    quite an overwhelming space
    the painted paper kind of freaks me…

  • or what about the white paint of Martin Margiela, during the renaissance.

  • It’s too bad that this historic landmark is slated for demo; however, this installation is kind of creepy looking- very clinical and eery.


    truly absurd!

    "…I thought that it was as if the room was waiting to die and I wanted to ease its transition from this world."

    what is this for?…

    you should make an installation (at least) with all this recyclable things, instead of painting them for a funeral that leads to nothing!

  • Don_P


    White washed, a kind of asylum , or medical facility.


    Greasy fingers not allowed.

  • joris

    Strange, the way white has more and more become the no-brainer 'colour' of choice for designers. It's always white. It's always a safe choice for the (sometimes so-called-)designer who is afraid of deciding on a colour and being considered as tacky or out-of-fashion by his/her peers. If you paint Barack Obama and George Bush white, they'd go together very well.

  • eugmir

    Walking into that room would be both surprising and disorienting to whomever happened upon it – and would certainly make someone stop to think – so it works on that level. Being temporary, it also works on the level of wasting paint.