Up on the Ramps : how to fill a psychological gap with joy through architecture Nouraei, Faraneh
In times of crisis, such as COVID-19 pandemic, architecture has the potential to play a crucial role of offering emotional and psychological repair to societies, but it is yet to be systematically investigated. This can be made possible by means of intentional (engineered) ‘Affect’ in design through synthesizing the form, material, scale, etc. to enhance our experiences of and provide resilience for our spaces. This project is about providing an opportunity for a playful and calming experience away from the routines and stresses of everyday life, especially due to lifestyle changes after COVID-19 outbreak. The goal is to take people who enter the structure on a journey where they leave a little calmer, a little more excited and fresher. Movement is key to the project. The design takes people through a 3-dimensional labyrinth on intertwined ramps, giving them opportunities to have their unique adventure by changing paths and encountering enticing views and inspiring scenes of art while allowing them to take moments of respite in between and enjoy casual performances, as well. In addition to providing a framework around a physical-virtual journey, the project itself can be seen as a vertical garden of lights and colors, especially at nights when the building appears as a glowing beacon in a narrow lot in downtown Vancouver. While the project was inspired by the outbreak of the pandemic, it can be said that such constructs can still affect the society after the emergency is over.
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