I’ve been trying to find suitable images to get started with the silent spaces and at the same time thinking on how to understand the contrast between the noisy bridge and in creating the silent spaces sequel.

Just some images found and the real drawings are in progress.

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This looks like musical notes from the first look whereas it’s actually plans and even the sectional drawings look like another or extended musical notes. Remind me of Manijeh’s comment on drawing the section of the train and overlaying it with my previous semester 1 work.

I believe in designing the silent spaces take two main things into count which are light and shadow when looking at it visually but in terms of experiencing it live, perhaps, considering the materiality.


Taken from an online essay entitled “Silence, Language and Architecture”, they talked about;

This idea, in which the calm nothingness of silence opens up new ways to experience the world, is also clearly expressed in the (biblical) proverb of the French Carthusian Monks:

“Only in complete silence, one starts to hear. Only when language resigns, one starts to see.”


1958 exhibition : Le Vide in Paris

In the empty small gallery painted in total white, every visitor experienced the emptiness in his own way. The gallery became an all-embracing nothingness. The imagination of the presence of space became the strongest. It was therefore no attempt to search meaning in a higher or spiritual truth. It was much more a revealing of the world as it is.


And perhaps, silent is the language. The museum invites people to be in silence mode or in pause but in a linear transition of space. (not quite sure yet)

“A symbol or a sound (the things we can clearly experience) often points to something else then the symbol or the sound itself. Because of this, language is always a translation, and it is therefore subject to differences in interpretation. Everyone interprets the sounds and symbols in his own way; and the built form in architecture is understood in a similar way.”

Other drawings are in progress. Hoping to share them next week.




One thought on “Silence

  1. Silence is an interesting concept since when you’re making a film you have to record silence so the transitions are smoother – even a silent train carriage has a certain degree of background noise. Pure silence in an anechoic chamber is disturbing. Even then you start to hear the beat of your own heart amplified to fill the void. The anechoic chamber uses increased surface area and dense materials like foam to absorb the background noise – try to think about how the amount of noise you want to let into your carriages affects their materiality and geometry. How do you spatialise this visual and auditory journey that you are taking people on. All the references are interesting but we need to start seeing YOUR drawings and how you are translating this into your design project – its already three weeks into the term so always blog your work alongside the references to maximise the feedback. It would be great to see a longitudinal section through the bridge and train for Tuesday showing the journey across the bridge and along the length of the train – even if its just a work-in-progress.

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