| Author: Kamilla Ibragimova
| Tutors: Elena Denisenko, Ivan Krasnobaev
| Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering
| How to create a building that functions as a natural meeting place for retreats, both professionals and amateurs, combining different halls for classes, meditation, recreation, reading, temporary housing and common spaces? However, without violating the natural environment and environment.
The family of retreats will gather under the same roof, which covers the adjacent rooms as a carpet. The premises are separate “cells”, covered with a common roof. Recreational zones are organized between them. The building merges with the landscape, flows into it and complements the environment, organizing a semi-enclosed area in front of it.
The organization of the underground entrance allows you to clear the space. Streams of visitors who are just arrived and those already engaged do not intersect. This is achieved through the cyclic passage of the building. The entrance group is isolated from the halls and lowered to the ground. The halls are arranged in a clear sequence one after another. The person moves consistently from one to another.
All rooms are strung together on a single axis. It serves as a symbol of the path, the pursuit of the goal. You can enter the building from one entrance, exit from another. Thus the visitor enters, gradually passes the whole path of “purification”, rising from the bottom up, and comes out from the other side “reborn.”
One of the principles used is infinity. Therefore, there are no clear boundaries. One space to another. The roof seamlessly turns into a landscape and can be used by visitors for walks and recreation, as a terrace for outdoor activities. The building is equipped with light lanterns, which allows sunlight to penetrate into the halls. The front of the building is completely glazed. All this is a way of unity with nature.
7 halls symbolize the 7 chakras of a person and correspond to them according to their location, colors and filling. “Ajna” is a blue color, it is appropriated to a hall with air gymnastics. “Manipura” is a yellow color, a symbol of will, assertiveness – a hall of struggle. “Muladhara” is a red color-meditation room, the smallest and secluded premise that completes the cycle. The floor covering has a picture of the symbol assigned to this room.