Hemicyclium is a first-year studio project that explores how we engage with time and memory. Inspired by an ancient Greek sundial of the same name from 3rd century BCE, the objective was to create a space for introspection and contemplation inside an enclosed courtyard in the Ryerson Student Centre. Looking at circulation as a process of cognition, as visitors enter the space they walk through a dark hallway toward an illuminated space, representing enlightenment that comes with introspection. Inside the space, standing under a mirrored gnomon they can see a reflection of themselves against the sundial, a physical representation of time past. Proposed materials of stone or concrete are inspired by Carlo Scarpa’s Brion Cemetery, and Constantin Brancusi’s Table of Silence to evoke a monolithic quality.
55 Gould St, Toronto, Ontario