you can leave your shoes on

Pop-Up Museum, Zurich (CH)
Architectural Installation for architekturSCHWEIZ19
Selected through Sotto Voce Competition in Autumn 2018
Exhibited in Pop-Up Museum in Kosmos, Zurich in March-April 2019
Design and Construction Yann Junod and Bojana Papic
Sotto Voce



You Can Leave Your Shoes On situates itself within the contemporary debate on the public / private dichotomy and the question of public space in the European city.

In the architectural discourse, it has been argued that the contemporary planners in “modernised” cities engage in creation of environments that are based on a desire for security rather than interaction, for entertainment rather than (divisive) politics. On one hand, this approach resulted in a widespread development of over-programmed public spaces with impersonal and sterile character. On the other, it further solidified the public / private dichotomy through standardisation of architectural design of public space that discourages appropriation by the users.

You Can Leave Your Shoes On seeks to open the debate on public space and public /private dichotomy to the wider public by emphasising the gap between the architecture of public and private space. The proposal inserts domestic, inherently private and intimate objects in the functional public circulation space of Kosmos. Thus, in their unexpected and awkward setting, the objects commonly perceived as mundane and ubiquitous become odd and extraordinary. As such, they reveal the contrast between the architecture of the “public” and the architecture of the “private” and encourage the visitors to reflect on the publicity and privacy of the spaces they occupy.