‘Hayam’ Temple to Sunlight

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Narrative | ‘Hayam’: a filigree temple of light and shelter, a spiritual retreat resting lightly on the Playa, a tiny tessellated palace named for love and open to the sky, a miniature caravansary to welcome the weary traveller.

The Hayam embodies the spirit of Islamic geometry: intricately interwoven patterns and repeating themes that speak of infinity. Geometry is the language of the universe; in the very small the infinite can be found.

Physical Description | Erupting flowers of perforated plywood seamlessly joined together to form a beautiful curvilinear structure. Reminiscent of muqarnas and moucharaby but stripped back to the pure essential fretwork and form, leaving behind only what is necessary. Enamels, glazes and precious metals are replaced by the gold of scattered light filtering through the delicate tracery of the screen, elevating the spirit. The treasures are not material things; they are spiritual. A place of illumination, intended for contemplation.

Emerging from a study into the geometry of Islamic art the pavilion references motifs and arabesques traditionally found in mosques and other sacred places though in itself the Hayam has ties to no religion; it transcends time and space, language and culture.

Interactivity | The structure provides a refuge from the heat of the sun and an intimate spiritual place for people to gather and rest. During the night the four pillars illuminate like a giant lantern with gas fires and the flames can be seen dancing behind the filigree patterns. The gas fires heat the area during the cold night so the space continues to function as a comfortable retreat.

More Info: http://issuu.com/josh-haywood/docs/jh_burning_man_submission

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Construction sequence and prefabrication:12 122

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Small scale test model:a

Large 1:1 Scale Test Model:b

Field of Vibrations

Field of Vibrations

Field of Vibrations is a temporary structure and a sacred locus for the Burning Man festival that aims to provoke self discovery and self expression, principals that are integral to the foundations of being a burner.

The proposed structure consists of a radial array of timber frameworks, which form an onion dome-like structure, symbolising a burning candle and creating a space that is both welcoming and cohesive.

A bell is placed in the centre that acts as a focal point, adding a deep level of interactivity – combining sound, visual and human activity. The ringing of the bell would animate the waves that surround the participants, with its sound spreading across the playa reaching each and individual burners, as it had reached the pilgrims along the Silk Road.

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Internal view of the proposal

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The pulleys are activated through the act of bell ringing, where the rotational force is transferred, through a series of mechanical fittings, to the pulleys.

The weight of the bell causes the wheel to continuously rotate in an alternating pattern due to gravity, while the strings are driven to display the same alternating behaviour.

When standing within the space, one is surrounded by temporal walls of oscillating strings, promoting the concept of dematerialisation. Light is filtered through the illusory waveforms into the sacred space.

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Field of Vibrations at night

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Technical Drawings of the proposal
Technical Drawings of the proposal

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The animated sequence of the Field
The animated sequence of the Field

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Construction Sequence of the scheme
Construction Sequence of the scheme

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Spiritual Path, Sacred Place: Myth, Ritual and Meaning in Architecture

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This is a very good book that thoroughly relates to our Brief 3.

“This book is a comparative study of how sacred space if formed and entered, documented by architectural examples from many different religions, locations, and historical settings. Moreover, it intends to establish correspondences between the religious and cultural setting and the architecture, arguing that sacred architecture often symbolizes the spiritual path and its goal. […] The book argues that sacred architecture often provided a detailed “symbol posted” way to spiritual transformation”.

The writer Thomas Barrie points out that “the Way, the spiritual path, the sacred journey” describe not only a spiritual and psychological setting but a physical one as well. Thus he attempts to show that “sacred architecture often provided a detailed ‘symbol posted’ way to spiritual transformation,” and he tries to illustrate this with specific examples in chapter 6. The first chapter provides an introductory overview. The second is about “symbols, structures, and rituals,” and includes archetypes, the hero’s journey, and pilgrimage. The third chapter is on “elements and experience” in architectural theory. In chapter 4 he discusses “the Sacred Path and Place,” including meaning and place, the place of creation, axis mundi etc., the celestial city, sacred geometry, and ritual settings. The fifth chapter describes the sacred use that can be made. Six types of paths: the axial, split, radial, grid, circumambulating, and segmented. The selected sites in chapter 6 are the Temple of Amun-Re; the Temple of Apollo; Koto-in Xen Temple, Daitoku-ji Monastery; the Cathedral of Sainte-Madeleine; and the Brion-Vega Cemetery. The final chapter, Arrival, is a kind of archetypal description of the elements common to many forms of sacred architecture. He criticizes modern architecture for its failure to provide “a meaningful sense of place and an articulated path to attain it—paths and places that perhaps lead us to a better understanding of who we are”.