Place of Connection
A music retreat and performance hall for ‘Sistema’ in Balloch, Scotland. A charity aiming to transform children’s lives through the means of music and playing an instrument in an orchestra.
The proposal aims to build a connection between Sistema and Balloch, drawing on the history of the place as a result of geography and how this relates to the present. Through these means, it aims to establish a link between the individual and the public. All to be experienced within the architecture through the articulation of music. Music is the tool to help children express themselves and in turn develop their identity. It is the entity bringing the community of Sistema together, but also connecting the children to a wider public, through the universal language of music.
The overarching significance of the site gets highlighted through voids. It leaves the negative space of the former railway to contain the historical and geographical context of the site and to frame music on the path.
The qualities of spaces are defined by their function and Sistema’s ideas of belonging and faith. This is expressed by varying levels of timelessness within the retreat and achieved through materiality, variations of durability, structure, flexibility and arrangement. The structure becomes one with the architecture, truly reflecting the program.