I am a Third Year Student at the Glasgow School of Art, inspired by nature and human-centred design and focus on preservation, placemaking and sustainable building practices in my architectural work.
The musical retreat in Balloch strives to create a beautiful and calming environment to nurture the community and orchestral talents of children from the Big Noise organisation.
Sistema or Big Noise creates communities for vulnerable children through music, helping them engage with their studies, develop life skills and secure emotional wellbeing. To create a supportive environment for music, safety and serenity on the water I explored the typology of the docks as a safe space to tie down, subtly following the long narrows shapes of the boats, docks, paths, railway and the slipway.
The resulting courtyard structure serves as a protective boundary and the inward-oriented structure creates a community for the children who have come here to make music and connect as a group. To accommodate for the musical nature I’ve added domes, platforms and sloped objects to play with noise dispersion and perception, calling them acoustical wonders.
The appearance of the project was heavily influenced by several Latvian traditions such as Araisu Ezerpils to show an ancient protected community as well as ‘’Ezeru Skanas’’- floating musical performances.