Design Awards 2015
BAXENDALE + ARGO
Category: Small Works
The sanctuary project has originated in response to separate yet related experiences found within the previous work of architect Lee Ivett and illustrator/sculptor Jennifer Argo. This project has been developed as an outlet for shared ideals relating to community, sustainability and new forms of micro intervention that can act as a catalyst for user generated progressive change.
The concept is born out of our own observation that as people depart from traditional forms of organised religion they also limit the opportunity to engage in experiences of memory, ceremony and sanctuary in pursuit of their own spirituality.
All people, regardless of faith, require an outlet for peace, reflection, thought, discussion and prayer. Our project seeks to explore the physical possibilities of such a space in a manner that provides for both the individual and the wider collective.
This concept presents a design for a 3.6 × 3.6 × 3.6m sized volume that is then carved to create a sense of arrival, journey and discovery. The space initially constricts to create a slight sense of tension and trepidation before a manipulation of light guides the individual to alcoves and a room that provide opportunities for singular and collective moments of peace, reflection and sanctuary.
The use of bamboo to create a forest of slender vertical elements provides an opportunity to create a sense of enclosure and detachment whilst never losing sight and an awareness of the outside world. Rather than create an explicit and literal sense of detachment and escape, the sanctuary instead acts as a mediating device between the sights, sounds, smells and movements of the city.
Our concept provides the opportunity for people to explore a theme of secular spirituality as manifest through physical form.