18:00 SAST

18:00  SAST

Museum of Light

Transporting Solace

Anri Groenewald

BArch Hons 2022

Unit Leader: Craig McClenaghan
Unit Tutor: Ruby Mungoshi
Unit Assistant: Azraa Gabru

Phantom Cartographies
The serene and tranquil neighbourhood of Irene in Pretoria holds a state of solace that is embedded into its residents’ daily routines. Lush gardens, a golf course and an overall rustic environment creates a norm for functioning in a state of solace.  

The project aims to place solace, identify it accurately and understand it entirely. Light has been identified as a muse and a major contributor to solace. An example of this is Komorebi, a Japanese phenomenon that captures sunlight filtering or scattering through trees. Light and its endless qualities have the potential to create a space where there is a richness of solace. The project aims to deconstruct, unravel, and analyse solace, what contributes to it, and how we can replicate it. Through research, the parameters and the ways in which light can be created will provide a detailed map toward solace.

Spaces which can enable solace are needed in the urban context of Johannesburg, where feelings of discontent, instability, and disturbance are present. Using the Nelson Mandela Bridge as a site of study, The Museum of Light provides potential transitions into solace. The curation of light will be geared towards a desired emotional response.

Copyright © 2022 Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. All Rights Reserved.