Wk 6: Sound & Spaces

From last week
What is it?
It is a space for quite respite. The form is a cave-like structure with a water feature ceiling allowing dappled shadows to dance within the interior surface.


a. Opposite School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

b. Yunnan Garden

Can you include nature in it?
Yes! With the use of the water feature it would bring about the sense of serenity that comes from a gentle breeze

-Research on materials that reduces noise
-Forms that encourage resting positions
-How can we maintain the water feature?
-How do we create a meditative pathway
-Solidify form

Concept: The internal noise we hear in our heads are relentless, especially in a buzzing environment such as NTU. We wanted to create a place of quiet reflection that can be a place to withdraw to for a moment of silence.

Elements to build the environment

Water-shadow feature

  1. Mood/color
    3 moods revolving around the water/shadow featurea. Whimsical oceanscape Material consideration:
    -Foamb. Japanese zen

    -Rattan, linen, concrete, light wood (Pine?)
  2. Surfaces/furniture that encourages rest/meditation
    Nua Stools by Ng Siang Joo

    Nest by Keith Soh
    eg: furnitures that incite certain posturesSketches & mockups

Mockup (I) 
Thinking with our hands
Exploring spaces, forms and textures from our first moodboard (A)


Reflection: After looking at our first mock-up, we made a few observations. Mainly the elements were too disparate and were not in harmony with one another, we then decided to move forward by grouping them in different areas to create areas of attractions.

Mockup (II)

We wanted to group the different elements into specific focus groups and then to see how did it actually make us feel.

1.Translucent linen cloths with decorations hung around it.

We tested different shades of blues and different colors to see which is the most inviting and what seemed jarring.

The dark deep shade of navy blue felt too overwhelming as

The presence of light blues also should not be the main focus, but only as a secondary element to the main white colour.

2. Plastic plates to represent a tactile surface that mimics corals, 

The tactile surfaces seemed interesting as well as the transparent quality of the surfaces. Light as well as touch would be and interesting blend to the form, combining both mood lighting as well as a soft tactile array of such forms.


3. Using the draping of the mesh fabric, we tried to recreate a dappling light adding softness to the space, this is combined with plastics sheets to see if the effect it might bring.

4.  Plastic mesh and paper strips to create interactive flowing surfaces and object. This felt more like an anchor to the space as it stood out more as compared to the rest of the zones.

More “main attraction” like as compared to the other features.


6. Egg cartons to represent sound foam boards that can be arranged to form the inner cladding on the walls. Playing with the gradation of the color that was used also to provide a certain amount of visual effect.


7. Protruding surfaces  and uneven surfaces on the sides of the wall and ground for interaction, at different heights to sit as well.


8. Different tactile surfaces as you enter the tunnel area

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One thought on “Wk 6: Sound & Spaces”

  1. Hey! I left you with sound last week and I find you with water today. What happened?

    anyway, you’re proposing 2 open spaces (please forget Yunnan Garden) and you’re talking about a sort of cave, water reflection on ceiling? Not sure I understand

    your mockup is confused and unclear the intention. You’re loosing focus, please simplify.

    (why not simply create a path/labyrinth using phono-absorbing materials…)

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