The Centre of Enlightenment
What does it mean to be a God oneself? This project is addressing the current understanding of faith in oneself unlike faith in religion and how architectural language can help inform of ourselves.
One will easily feel lost when facing standards set by the modern media in our current society which solely praise external beauty & material possessions. This unhealthy exposure alternates one's faith, whether religious or an unquestioning belief in a certain notion which calls for an architectural intervention. The proposed site in Dean Village is desirable on several grounds. As the site is positioned over a slope, the abundance of overcasting shadows, therefore, brings forth a stronger desire for light.
I am proposing a centre of self-enlightenment as an extension of our heterogeneous society. My proposal is, therefore, a statement of opposing realities, developed as two key spaces. Firstly, a library that houses blank books which will eventually develop into autobiographies as the ritual of anonymously sharing a story is a ritual of transparency. The library floors are layered in a manner that encourages observation which will leave visitors aware of oneself and others when transcending from and to different spaces. Secondly, a space below ground level will evoke self-reflection and self-awareness through its material properties and assembly of layers.
When knowledge and reflection are acted upon, one will then find self-enlightenment.