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Chapel of Cacophony Urban Chapel on green field | St.Louis, US, 2014 | Cassandra Cook

Th i s p r o j e c t i n v e s t i g a t e s t h e s e n s u a l experience of light and sound, evoking spiritual tranquility among spatial c a c o p h o n y. S i t u a t e d i n t h e D e Mu n neighborhood in suburban Clayton, the chapel is a spiritual space for individual prayer of all faiths, as well as gathering of cultural, religious, and philosophical exchange. “A s t h e r e i s n o t h i n g f r o m t h e fi r s t , where does the dust itself collect? ” by Z e n B u d d h i s m Hu i N e n g , p r o v i d e s a p h i l o s o p h i c a l b a s e f o r t h i s p r o j e c t’s t h e s i s . Th e t r a n q u i l i t y o f m i n d i s p u r e even when situated in the perplexity of material world.

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Among the cascading roof of rings, abundant spiky monoliths put t o g e t h e r a n e n s e m b l e o f c a c o p h o n y. Th e y p r e s e n t t h e m s e l v e s a s h e a v y, disturbing and dangerous volumes as visitors walk among or underneath them. It i s a f o r e s t o f u n c o m f o r t i n g cacophony ab ove our heads-its numb er r e p r e s e n t s “t h e t h o u s a n d a s i n fi n i t y ” i n B u d d h i s t b e l i e f s . Tr a d i t i o n a l object – void relationship is hereby subverted, providing an unusual visiting experience and projecting q u e s t i o n s o f p u r i t y a n d i n fi n i t y.

Yiran Zhang: Architecture Undergraduate Porfolio  
Yiran Zhang: Architecture Undergraduate Porfolio  
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