Finding the Void

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*Please note that this episode contains explicit language*

What makes a place home? Is it a place that feels like a refuge? Is it somewhere you sleep really, really well? Does it matter if it’s a place you’re not technically allowed to be? What if the place that feels like home lives only in your memory, like a perpetually interrupted dream?

Michael Townsend has made and lost more than one home, but only one of them was born of a unique blend of grief, curiosity, imagination, and mischief.  And only one of them was accessed by crawling through a series of pitch black caverns in the bowels of a giant mall.



Vanessa Lowe


Vanessa Lowe

Music: Nocturne theme music by Kent Sparling

Additional music: Kent Sparling \\ Fieldlines \\ Jeffrey Foster \\ Kid Otter

More information about Michael Townsend can be found at See more about the secret mall apartment at

You can find a version of this episode on the podcast, 99% Invisible, entitled “The Accidental Room." Many thanks to the 99PI team.

Episode artwork: Robin Galante