Ancient mines were built to mine minerals from the mountain. However, in their ruins, maybe contemporary humanity can mine something that is even more valuable than metals and find that sense of peace and harmony contemporary society has somehow jeopardized.
This is the goal of the competition Ireland Meditation Mine aiming at turning Irish industrial archeology masterpieces into a retreat and meditation destination for people who look for meaningful experiences away from contemporaneity and immersed in the mystic beauty of a timeless nature.
The ‘Folding Mine’ is a residential+wellness complex project designed to transfer Irish industrial archeology masterpieces into a retreat and mediation destination. The residential zones are designed to ensure the comfort and security of a village. There are ten studios, five 1b1b suits and two 2b2b luxury suits in total, organized on 2 continous stepped platforms slightly inclined, that overcome the uneven topography of 7m. The studio and 1b1b residentials are located on the lower platform and two houses on the upper one.
Material & Structure
The opening for daylights follow the same opening pattern of existing mine heritage. These were specifically located in place for this project in order to proveide a vivid light environment during the daytime.