The Bartlett School of Architecture


In Rhythmic Fragments

Saria Ghaziri and Dalia Todary-Michael

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It was but yesterday I thought myself a fragment quivering without rhythm in the sphere of life. Now I know that I am the sphere, and all life in rhythmic fragments moves within me.

Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

In Rhythmic Fragments is a biophilic space for mindful engagement that translates mensurated motion into kinetic architectural boundaries through a diptych of linear and radial automatous fragments. Inspired by the rhythmic flows of liveliness observed at varied scales in the natural environment, the automata aim to engage our mind with contemplative content to evoke memory and inspire the sense of being mesmerised. 

In a hyper-constructed future where untouched nature is lost, the project aims to evoke our perception of, and connection to, the natural world through interaction with kinetic behaviour in future architectural spaces. As such, concepts of uniformity and randomness, unison and separation shape the rhythm of our own movement; from individuals to parts of a group navigating present space and reconstructions of space in the mind. Engagement with In Rhythmic Fragments primes this awareness of our movement through the interaction of waves falling in synchrony and asynchrony in their kinetic flow.

In Rhythmic Fragments by Saria Ghaziri and Dalia Todary-Michael

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