This RIBA President’s medal winning project the building engages its users in educational programmes, while transforming the abrasive sounds of quarrying
Basmah Kaki’s RIBA Part 1 project speculates on sound energy and ambient space within the extreme setting of an active granite quarry on the outskirts of Bangalore, India. The project functions as a retreat for those, whose hearing has been affected by excessive noise pollution from the quarry.
The retreat is built around an existing temple, located inside a rock face. Upon entering, the visitor is led into the sanctuary situated 30 meters above the quarry floor. This displacement allows the visitor to escape damaging noises from bellow while introducing them to the soothing sound generated by the adaptive skin mechanism, which responds to changing environmental conditions. The design was generated from serveral prototypes and the finished form is a sensorial extension to the existing temple.