chapter  7
15 Pages

Lounge space: the home, the city and the service area

WithSamuel Austin

This essay is about Hopwood Park, a service area on Britain’s M42 motorway, and what I call lounge space: a condition of being hosted without host that refi gures relations between citizen and society. Hopwood Park’s spaces are highly controlled, conforming to government regulations that mandate certain facilities and restrict most others,1 and to a relentless retail logic that aims to maximise the operator’s profi ts. The spatial language that shapes the highly controlled confi nes of the service area demands a closer reading.