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Deadly Routes: Black & Brown Bodies (Mill Ruins Observatory & The Hinchliffe Museum)

A story composed by stars, silences, and landscapes. The scale of time, the buzz of backward and forward that becomes a possible future. The alchemy of the crowd and the ways bodies in space in the stadium find manifestation is so fascinating. The form of the stadium sits between complex archaeological layers. The distribution of the logic through excavation where multiple observatories become a place of spirituality and meditation. Elements creating a dialogue. What are the possibilities of thinking about architecture as an archaeological site? We need a disruption. A set of conditions are harmonized around the site. Utopia and heterotopia being implemented (the chemistry of the crowd forming a certain condition of heterotopia outside the stadium). Different interventions are assembled and come together with the issue of memory and time. The project celebrates the geographic uniqueness of the Hinchliffe site, which is strategically positioned on the edge of the vertical drop of the terrain, fulfilling the dual function of turning to the landscape while facilitating access to it from the flat terrain platform. A journey allows the unexpected discovery of diverse spaces with doors and corridors leading to unknown havens. The texture materials’ light and sound create stillness in a contemplative environment, where natural and artificial light filter through to each space differently via rectangles in the roof and slots. At night the light glows from the interior surfaces highlighting the Hinchliffe basalt stone which is compact, fine-grained, and glassy––further altering the visual quality of the interconnected spaces. Picturesque spaces connect the interior to the exterior, where openings give glimpses of something else and the surroundings seem almost surreal in the context of feeling of euphoria and total immersion.