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isle of sails

[cornell university, fall 2019]

The concept of ritual is one that cannot be complete without architecture. Space mediates the perpetuity of tradition and the ease of performing the ritual. The ritual of mutual forgiveness after dispute between a mother and a daughter brings them to this island to traverse the paths and illuminate a lighthouse of sails perched on the edge of a cliff.

The program and shape of the island is informed by a found rock that was extrapolated into an island formation upon which a ritual takes place. The ritual involved a lighthouse, a dock, and place for gathering oysters on the underside of the cliffside path that is both pre-existing and man-made. The precarious nature of the rituals path reinforces the mother and daughter’s need to cooperate in order to complete the journey.

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