PrizeFinalists in Build (architecture)
ArtistScarlett Zhang
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The Exhale Sanctuary is a prayer space where migrants can go to pray and meditate at the US-Mexico border. It serves as a mental asylum which provides spiritual and emotional support for people who are in a desperate plight. By applying the gravity mechanism that the airbags will be pulled back into the interior space when people kneeling in prayer seating produce gravity, I create a transitional spatial experience between light and dark, active and quiet, spacious and packed. I hope this experience will encourage people to interact with the space and talk to people around.