The Frankincense Building

2010 (Part I Undergraduate course, The Bartlett)

The Frankincense Building

UNDERGRADUATE PROJECT //  The site was Telegraph Island, in the fjords of Oman.  I designed a building for local wedding celebrations, which are filled with ceremonial rituals.  A central, hollow wall separates men from women (as is dictated in the ceremony) and distributes frankincense smoke around the building.  The olfactory sense is maximised throughout the proposal.  Sunlight also plays an important role in the design: its position is central to the Islamic rituals that take place here, thus its path can be tracked round the building.  I experimented with porcelain as a material to be used in place of glass, to filter the harsh light and create visual tension where silhouettes can be glimpsed through sunlit walls.