......Compositional elements, images, forms, and allusions of drapery that are in a state of transformation or becoming portray a moment of meditation. As the wavering forms become undefined through frantic manipulation, the viewer is left with an insight into the meditative mind........................
The main inspiration of this project is the dynamic aesthetic found in ancient sculptures which emphasize the natural folding of drapery. The significance of the folded drapery stems largely from the fact that it presents to the spectator the main form of the clothed human figure which is the upholding structure. Another inspiration is the formation process of stalactites. Accordingly, the project developed through a series of physical and digital experiments investigating techniques to freeze the folds of drapery. The aim was to create surfaces that hang on a frame and develop natural folds creating complex structures consisting of multiple intersecting catenary arches.
Using a frame structure to form the space, and porous drapery to stimulate the growth of stalactites, the outcome becomes a new vision of an isolated space for prayer and worship. The proposed architecture becomes a plug-in Mosque that gets inserted into caves where it can control the natural process in which stalactites grow.
In this proposal, the idea of meditation and prayer becomes celebrated by creating a journey into the cave throughout the day. The form corresponds to the position of the sun in the sky according to the different timings of prayer throughout the day.
This exploration becomes one that finds possibilities to blur the line between the natural and the man-made space. It is an attempt to bring back the main essence of prayer which is the contemplation of nature as a way to communicate with the creator....the experience of the space is intended to imitate scenes of senseless human states, where the subconscious mind reigns.