Jazmine Emmanuel (she/her)
I define myself as a young practicing architect engaged in a global society. Immensely aware of the responsibility we hold in providing a healthier, environmentally viable future within communities and the power architecture holds as a medium of change in society.
This Series depicts a connection of energy, landscape and culture within the design of a residential retreat and performance hall for client Sistema. Sistema is an organization that brings youth together, mentoring children and teenagers through music. The purpose is to give the children a sense of responsibility through the process of learning an instrument and gift them with the ability to bring joy back to their homes. This self-sufficient design, constructed with locally sourced materials, offers a healthy living environment. It exploits Ballochs extraordinary views and aims to uplift the user, providing spaces to encourage creativity and socialising at the heart of Balloch!
Balloch Pier 7:30am
Performance hall and Residential retreat at Balloch Pier
Jose Antonio Abreu, the founder of Sistema. During his talk about Sistema in Venezuela, quoted Mother Teresa of Calcutta “the most miserable and tragic thing about poverty, is not the lack of bread or roof but the feeling of not being anyone, the lack of identification and the lack of public esteem”. Abreu uses the quote when describing the children’s poverty and vulnerability. He believes that music is the cure to combat these issues, which comes with poverty. Jose believes “only art and religion can give proper answers to humanity to mankind’s deepest aspirations and to the historical demands of our times.”
There is so much good music that comes from people who have had difficult, less fortunate backgrounds. This is because they need it; it’s a fact. There is nothing else to elevate their soul. It is a way for people to escape reality and imagine something better. I implement this idea of music helping you escape life’s harsh realities into the architecture of the retreat centre and performance hall, a building that allows you to escape into a utopia that enables you to imagine beautiful things for beauty is so important if you are surrounded by beauty you think about beautiful things. I built around the purpose to elevate the soul I intend this building to reflect the concept of a utopia taking someone somewhere else, letting them dream, giving them a new view and giving someone else a new place to be.
Residential garden rooftop view
Performance hall walkthrough
Interior of performance hall in action!
Beneficial to the site is, of course, the Loch. It provides not only tremendous views and qualities of tranquillity but also terms passive energy. The design uses the water from the Loch as a source of energy to fuel a ground source heat pump, and if energy demands increased, the Loch could also feel a micro-hydro to meet them. The ground source heat pump will heat the room in winter and cool if necessary in summer. Due to Scotland’s varying climate, this is the most appropriate installation as the weather can fluctuate between hot and cold drastically within a short period. Balloch generally has a cold climate, so the ground source heat pump will facilitate to heat the space most of the time, where the thermal mass of the wall construction contributes to the warmth emitted within the building. Sheltering from the cold climate helping retain energy throughout the day.