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Pilgrimage Nest S a c r e d S p a c e i n Tr a i n S t a t i o n | F l o r e n c e , I TA LY, 2 0 1 5 | I g o r M a r j a n o v i c

Th e s a c r e d s p a c e i s i n s p i r e d b y t h e c h a r a c t e r Yo n g a s a n o s t a l g i c a n d personal nest during his pilgrimage. Yo n g , a m i d d l e - a g e d C h i n e s e m a n , immigrated to Prato a decade ago and c u r r e n t l y w o r k s i n a f a b r i c f a c t o r y. “ P i l g r i m a g e� p e r h a p s b e s t d e s c r i b e s Yo n g ' s e n d e a v o r o f i m m i g r a t i o n and his hope of transformation. I n t h e s p a c e o f t h e F i r e n z e Tr a i n S t a t i o n , w h e r e fl o w s c o n v e r g e a n d d i s p e r s e r a p i d l y, t h e c o n t e x t o f s u c h a p i l g r i m a g e i s n o w c o n d e n s e d . It i s c o n d e n s e d i n t o a n e t o f fl o w s suggested by the most visited spots a n d t r a c e s o f p a s s e n g e r s’ m o v e s - a n d pauses.

As knots are tied in this inter weaving net, clouds of spaces are generated w h e r e a g g r e g a t i o n a n d i n t e n s i fi c a t i o n o c c u r s . Wi t h i n t h e s e f r a g m e n t e d , irrational geometries, multiple private c a v i t i e s a r e f o r m e d . Ac c e s s t o t h e m crawls and spreads all over the hall. Tr a n s l u c e n t g l a s s p a n e l s f r a m e d b y branching structures allow dim light into those spaces, resembling the quality of broken eggs or wombs. E v o k i n g r e fl e c t i o n o n f r a c t u r e d m e m o r y, t h e n e s t p r o v i d e s a p i e c e o f personal landscape, a temporal home. Yo n g s t a n d s f o r m i l l i o n s o f o t h e r pilgrims, and the nest is a miniature of all familiar landscapes.

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