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The inward ripple

Zhengji Sun & Zihan Luo

Architecture Translated from the Sound

We selected a music clip featuring introverts for spatial translation, aiming to create a free and inclusive space. This space would provide comfort and safety to introverts, enabling them to make the choice to enjoy solitude or engage in moderate social interaction while freely expressing their nature and fully realizing their potential. Through the externalized architectural expression and space experience, extroverts, in addition, can have a special empathetic experience with introverts who possess a rich inner world. As long as public understanding of introversion is enhanced, common labels like "solitary" among introverts will be dismantled.

Meanwhile, the fast-paced urban lifestyle has inspired a superficial manifestation of people's "introversion." Many prefer solitude and resist or are unable to connect with others.

Our goal is to offer multiple intimate levels of interaction to encourage breaking the ice and transform the shallow "introverted" expression into a deeper focus on seeking and inward reflection.

In the translation process, to reflect humanistic care, we chose to first translate the music into emotional fluctuations. Subsequently, we performed spatial translation according to the emotional curve obtained through fitting, rather than directly translating music into space.

First, we organized the music structure and divided the audio into three parts: intro, body, and epilogue. We further condensed the body part into five paragraphs (ABA 'B 'C) for interpretation.

In the second step, through analyzing feelings, music intervals, contrasts in strength, and the changing trend of organization, we extracted the primary emotions in different paragraph types and degrees. Then, we based our design on the mood swings of the waveform.

In the third step, we extracted imagery from the emotional waveform and created specific spaces by incorporating the design concept.

According to the aforementioned ideas, the simple and short four notes in the introduction can evoke the image of knocking on the door of the heart, suggesting that the inner journey is about to begin. Behind the calm and regular four notes lie complex emotions such as expectation and fear of the unknown journey, which grow stronger and rise. Therefore, we chose to use a staircase to ascend the door behind the frame array in the entrance block. The materials and colors of the four steel frames express a sense of order and calm, while the ascending stairs reflect the pressure and solitude of moving forward alone.

The main part is divided into three sections, containing a five-section structure of AB A'B'C. This structure continues the music's characteristic fluidity, akin to a person's speech. The three parts respectively extend the themes of whispering, pouring out, and singing.

In the first paragraph, the melody is thin and repetitive, with intervals rising as the melody descends. It resembles the words of an insincere person attempting to explore themselves, appearing pale and helpless. Then the original theme recedes to the background, and a bright, short new theme is introduced to uplift the mood.

The second paragraph is essentially a repetition of the first, but with richer details and more three-dimensional emotions, reflecting the joy of self-acceptance. The third section leads to the emotional climax, which is a grand paean to the inward search and self-acceptance.

The epilogue mirrors the introduction, ending abruptly with expectations for a new mindset and a new life.

Since the first and second paragraphs are closely related, we translate the first two paragraphs as a single block and the third as an independent block. The entire structure forms a long strip with the first layer overhead, and the bottom surface flows like music, echoing the changing emotions and spiritual journey. The modularized squares are separated by two spheres to create high and low separation walls without sacrificing order. These walls isolate people to varying degrees, creating different spatial atmospheres and sequences that align with the emotional changes of introverts.

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