AA Inter 3

by jouyuhuang
April 20, 2016, 12:57 pm
Filed under: 2015-16

Post by Zachariah

Dear Ricardo and Nanette,

Very sorry for the late post. During the break I have tried to further specify the site location of the project and the possible uses of the eye- other than as a light demarcation device (1.) and as a possible solar energy source for the locals as in the Sundarbans (2.)

I have decided to relate the idea of energy and its method production to the proximity of the eye to the holy river, Brahmanputra. Already located very close to the river, I have decided to house a reactor core that utilizes the water from the river as a cooling channel. This technique is used in not only nuclear reactors, but various other energy cores (thermal, geothermal etc.). This can be housed in the core iris which is hidden away from the public who will only climb the ghat steps, as well as enter only within the circular corridors underneath the steps.

Further, the ghat stairs that are ascended by the public to look down into the light emmitting bowl (or cornea) can take on its original function as ghats as they can be descended on the other side into the river Brahmanputra. Therefore, the eye must be located very closely to the river, even one side being on land and the other dipping down into the water, thus bordering the coast.

I am currently still working on the plan, which I need to edit to include the coast of the river. The 3D section is still being worked on, and has to include some identification of spaces. I also aim to include some explanation of the reactors beneath the page where the underwater tunnel is.

Here is the revised text.


Jahan was only thirteen when he stood exposed before the Eye of God. He remembers the day clearly; a sweltering and sticky starless night in July- unremarkable- except that he and fifty million other devotees had their lives changed forever. The holy organ spanned across the landscape before them, glowing in an unearthly- obviously numinous- light. Each time it blinked, the Earth trembled in muffled awe and fear. There were few who dared venture down beneath and approach, basking in the sacred glow that spilled over the landscape for acres beyond, but Jahan stayed trembling above, afraid that approaching would reveal some part of his yet impure soul, stripped away before the splendour of Lord Krishna.

It was that fear which brought devotees worldwide down onto their knees, and kept even gentiles from ever approaching that very living landscape in which God had made his home.

A massive crater spread out across the landscape, longer than the length of a thousand buses laid out side by side, and how deep, only the priests knew. From it rose a black orb, perfect, glowering in the golden light that blinded from down below. Around the edge of the crater were a series of steps, like ghats stepping down to the river, except each stone step a metre high and two metres deep.  Upon it, a few solitary priests and hardened devotees were seen- miniscule black figures against the splendorous light. Jahan knew that if he steeled his soul and approached into the light and towards the eye itself, he could eventually reach the edge of the crater. He knew that it was taboo to stare into the endless light for too long, and those who did risked blindness. He also knew that if he ascended up those sacred steps, he would be able to cast his offerings- humble scraps of metal sheets he had pulled together for the last months- but now they lay useless at his feet.


Across the entirety of Langalbadh, such large organs, manifestations of the Lord Krishna were working their miracles, each tens of kilometres away, but yet working in tandem. The Eye was only one such structure, and further South was the Flute, where thousands of devotees journeyed to listen to the sweet melodies, and beyond were the Holy Arms and Feet. Langalbadh had become the living and breathing manifestation of the Lord Krishna. As the thousands of devotees reshuffle themselves among the miraculous manifestations, the land is a constant hotbed of religious activities, as the scattered monuments activate at staggered and unpredictable moments. The land has become a centre of Hindu worship; the government and encroaching commercial conglomerates now back away at its splendour.

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Hi Zak,

Thanks for the post and the text and drawings. Here are a few comments:

1- The text evolve but the drawings have barely evolved, at least based on what we can see on the web now. The ground still very flat and there is little to none indication of changes or design intentions happening around it. What are the implications of the project on the land?

2- The reactor is not easy to understand now why would you need that on the project, but maybe you can explain that when we meet. Architecturally it does not add much, but in terms of the narrative does it add or distract? A reactor is a strong concept…

3- In terms of modelling it would be good to see a lot more detail on the model by now. As mentioned in point 01 the land and river, buildings, as context could be show in a less generic way. Like your round drawings, commended on the table for creativity are not present here. The section looks more stiff and a result of a fatigue modelling.

Let’s talk tomorrow more, but it is time to give the modeling a big push!

Good luck!

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