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Universal Sanctum: For Anyone from any Religion seeking Spiritual Realisation through Interior Architecture

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dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ
dc.contributor.advisor Abreu e Lima, Daniele
dc.contributor.author Nanji, Shamal
dc.date.accessioned 2016-11-25T03:02:01Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T20:03:05Z
dc.date.available 2016-11-25T03:02:01Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T20:03:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2016
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/30017
dc.description.abstract In the realm of religion, when rituals and prayers become a routine or a default reaction, often prescribed by elders, they lose value and meaning. In the modern era, we have distanced ourselves from the past ideals of religion. Nevertheless, we continue to seek meaning in life beyond material objects. The connection to the inner-self establishes this meaning and purpose. From this understanding, I realised that all religions, despite their subtle differences lead to spirituality and enlightenment. The idea that architecture can provide a universal middle ground between people and which they truly seek, is the context from which my thesis proposal derives from. My thesis question: How can the design of a Universal space of spiritual devotion be realised through exploration and manipulation of spatial qualities within sacred architecture, in a contemporary inner-city context? Thus, this thesis will look into the architectural genre of Sacred Space in a contemporary setting. The objective will be to investigate the significance of sacred architecture and the common qualities between the various religions and their respective places of worship. The focus will be to propose an interior space which can be deemed sacred by any one from any religion seeking spiritual upliftment. In doing so, the space will intend to unify people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, and lead them towards the common goal of connecting with the inner self. The key theory investigated in this research looks at the case of religion for today’s society, interpretation of spirituality in the east and the west, defining sacred architecture and all that it entails, and the need for this typology in the contemporary world. The contextual basis of this thesis will focus on New Zealand and the predominantly contemporary and diverse culture of the country. The rise in various ethnicities and technological advances means that the presence of a universal space of spiritual reflection and gathering is necessary now more than ever. In my observation, there is a noticeable lack of contemporary sacred architecture, in New Zealand. Perhaps this is the result of our predominantly Secular society. My proposal will aspire to see through this absence and attend to the need of spatial experience to mediate between people and which they spiritually seek. en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language other
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.language.iso other
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only until 01/2019. For information please contact the Library. en_NZ
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/nz/
dc.subject Spiritual en_NZ
dc.subject Multi-relgious en_NZ
dc.subject Contemporary en_NZ
dc.subject Spatial Qualities en_NZ
dc.subject Narrative en_NZ
dc.title Universal Sanctum: For Anyone from any Religion seeking Spiritual Realisation through Interior Architecture en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
dc.date.updated 2016-11-12T10:48:48Z
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit University Library en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120106 Interior Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 4 EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Interior Architecture en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Interior Architecture en_NZ

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