Daylight in Buildings

Hear the Light


Jing Wei Tang, Lang Wen Ma


Yan Ting Chen


National Taiwan University of Science and Technology



Hear the Light

Project Description

Museum and gallery has always been considered as an artistic palace. In order to protect these artworks,「Don’t touch」is an indispensable sign in every exhibition around the world. However, it might be the forbidden area for those people having visually impaired that longing for the art, because there is no anything for them to perceive. Therefore, this temporary exhibition situated at the Musée du Louvre is designed to operate the natural light and environmental control system with biomimetic human throat structure to generate several frequency of sounds to help those visually impaired people to differentiate the exhibition spaces. These spaces are able to guide those who has visually impaired with sounds roaming in the art gallery to touch stereoscopic paintings and sculptures. Although this gallery is specially designed for visually impaired people, it is open for everyone. Visitors are able to obtain poles apart perspective from one artwork at this exhibition because most of us perceive those works merely through eyes. Each area emerges distinguished sounds, and the ventilation inside put architectural biomimicry operation to use to inlet the fresh air constantly. Visitors no longer have to stay in the enclosed space for a long period of time watching artworks and inhaling carbon dioxide simultaneously that make oneself snoozing. The display of artworks is stereoscopic which produce by 3D printer are allowed for those visually impaired people to touch. Art gallery is no longer a structural protection for collections, but an artistic installation that breaks the stereotype of general galleries which symbol solemn and untouchable. Art is equal for public, everyone has the right to enjoy it. There are over 36 million of blinds and approximately 217 million severely and medium visually impaired people all over the world. These people may often hear about the description of artworks but never can they perceive them through eyes and enter their mind. Galleries and museums usually play the role of inspiration, but most of the exhibitions neglect the demand of them. Hence, the blind gallery offers visually impaired people an opportunity to come to one of the indicative art gallery to feel the unprecedented experience. If an exhibition area is capable of providing the demand from them, then it is more possible to stimulate their thoughts. Those sublimated thoughts not only helped satisfy the desire for the arts of them, but also helped the progress of the society. In accordance with the proportion of pyramid, the blind gallery is designed in denominaton of 7 meters and reflect its plan measurement. The curved wall and soft materials are installed on the circulation to guide visitors, and the path of flow is covered with sand. The sand will rustle softly when people walk on it that indicates the distance among people. The curved roof coordinates with areas’ atmosphere, and the convex place exposed to the sunlight longer to generate the hot air that promote the disparity of air density which cause convection, conversely the concave place. The sound with different frequency from the vent installation on roof make visitors aware of the situation they are. The vents on the roof correspond to the ever-changing angle of natural light to generate diverse sounds. The double layered roof is divided into structure layer and the ventilation layer. Numerous alveolus on the ceiling create the path for hot air to go upward through the duct processing the phonation and airiness.