embrace. graduate dESIGN 3 | Summer 2019
The city-state of Singapore is geographically located at the crossroads of various climactic regions with differing ethnicities and religious ideals. Roughly comprised of 1/3 people with each Islamic, Christian and Buddhist beliefs, Singapore is seen as a haven for tolerance and acceptance. This project acts as of gathering space for people of any of the three faiths (or neither of the three) and uses a thee-dimensional grid to ensure equality between all beliefs.
While the main area of gathering lies on the open-air ground floor, the spaces of the individual, intimate faiths are tangled in a in a ring on the upper levels. These individual spaces are based on traditional forms and arrangements, and utilize materiality seen in traditional religious contexts.
The three-dimensional grid is further enforced in a delicate brass arrangement that unifies the religious spaces, becoming more and less dense to block and allow view between spaces. As one is invited to wander up through each area of worship, a prolonged staircase divides the central courtyard space into two gathering spaces and acts as an extended threshold between each of the three spaces of worship.