The retreat

1st year MA project  |  The University of Edinburgh  |  2006

Music practice room on Cramond Island, based on the viola concerto Styx, by Gija Kantscheli. The role of the viola in Styx is as a mediator between two worlds; living & dead, light & dark. The building is a spatial accompaniment to the solo viola, where the path on which the violist walks mediates between the open exterior and enclosed, suspended inner chamber.

“With the very first note we break free from real, periodically structured time and experience it as something infinite, gliding past us like a cloud… we experience at first hand an entire life or entire history, yet we feel none of the jolts of time. We glide over centuries as though in an aircraft with no sensation of speed.”  |  Alfred Schnittke on Gija Kantscheli