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A subterranean cave-like architecture where relaxation and mental withdrawal is contained within its realms of darkness. I believe darkness should be embraced for the benefit of our health, providing an enhanced sensory experience as the sight sense is no longer in use which heightens other senses, but also provides deeper relaxation. The design serves as an antistress and digital detox through meditational spaces and therapeutic baths. Inspired by Nottingham, known as the city of caves. At the heart of Sneinton’s Greens Windmill, the building focuses on the cultural value of the site as there is diverse residence surrounding the area, allowing a multicultural/religious celebration in the building. Inspired by the elements of nature such as water (bath), earth (underground), fire (temperature), sun (light) and air. This inspired me to create sphere fragmentation which acts as a metaphor of breaking the passage of time and breaking the eyesight which is the main theme of my concept, exploring relaxation through light and darkness. The fragments allowed for an interesting piece of architecture that heavily feels sacred as well as spiritual. These act as a stage for the windmill, the site, and the religious entities within the context. At Dark Escape, you will experience a sensory, cultural, and spiritual journey in the depths of light and shadows

Amad Khalid Qayyum
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Amad Khalid Qayyum
BArch Architecture

BArch Architecture

The BArch (Hons) in Architecture course is focused on the creative and practical development of architectural design, investigated in a studio environment through a series of carefully considered practical and theoretical projects in a variety of spatial, social, cultural and topographical situations.

The purpose of the course is to align architectural concepts, thinking, techniques and values with current architectural thought and practice. It involves strategic thinking and creative imagination; problem-solving and research tasks; attention to detail and tectonic resolution; traditional and digital forms of representation; and public presentations and reviews. This course addresses the challenges of designing for diverse communities and cultures and develops Part 1 graduates with creative vision, practical skills and an ethical position in respect of the role of the architect in a globalised world.

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