The Architecture of Vibration: Form Follows Resonance!


Personal Info

Name: Alya Hasna Rizky Riandita

Nationality: Indonesian

Institution / Company: University of Indonesia


Facebook: Alya Hasna



-HONOURABLE MENTION of Non Architecture Award 2022 Competition | Category: Aspatial & Virtual


How might architecture be designed without visual ability?

Architecture has been focused on its visual quality, both from the point of view of the designer and the user. In designing architecture, an architect requires the ability and sensitivity in terms of visuals. However, this design sees that there are other senses possessed by humans that play a role in sensing space, one of which is hearing.

This project is an architectural concept that explores resonance as the bases of the formation and programming. It is situated in a context where the user and architect do not rely on visual ability. The form finding was developed through various explorations and physical prototyping by relying on resonance. Here, architectural elements are redefined due to the inactivity of the visual senses, which were previously dominant in perceiving and experiencing space. Space now exists as a cavity, a medium for vibrations that help users navigate. The cavity and the solid synergize to achieve a specific frequency that becomes the identity of the architecture itself. 

This study is expected to be a trigger for the development of architectural design practice in the future, that there are opportunities in designing architecture without visual abilities by pushing the potential of resonance and auditory. This study also opens the possibility for other sensory experience-based designs, expanding the potential of architecture as an enabling environment for various sensory experiences.


Project Type:

Non-visual Architecture


Jury Comments

– Kuba Jekiel

I loved immersing myself in the story of sound-driven environments – constantly changing, adapting, reacting, and resonating. The project shows the importance and stands as an example of exploring other-than-visual ways of perceiving spaces. It presents an extreme sensibility to social issue and attention to detail.

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