This 3-sided triaxial dome was conceived during a visit to the Middle East and the particular inspiration was the modularity of the elements that make up the Iranian bazaar. The triaxial dome makes possible the ever-turning paths that create the winding maze of Amozozo.
Every now and then the paths open out into a luminous, spacious domes awash with saturated colour. The seam patterns of the domes make reference to the surface decoration found on mosque domes.
Amozozo also features an experiment in the ‘soap bubble’ principal of pneumatic construction where three 5 metre diameter ‘bubbles’ are joined in line to create a large open space. Here, too, the seam pattern is foregrounded but in reverse fashion to the other domes - by making the seam the actual source of light.
“As part of the Festival of the Arts in Dunedin, First Presbyterian Church had in its grounds an installation by Architects of the Air called ‘Amozozo.’
The line took an hour to get us in… but that was part of it all for me. People passing having been in almost came out with a serene look; ‘It was so peaceful’, ‘a wonderful experience’, one little boy came out and shouted over enthusiastically ‘It was great!
So we entered the antechamber and walked in. It was a whole new world and we sat and enjoyed this odd space full of light. There were little alcoves everywhere and people could be found sitting in them or lying down simply taking time to soak things in.
Suddenly the world outside seemed to be forgotten, we had all been transported into a whole other world of light. No longer did you hear the moans, grumbles and bickering of waiting. Everyone smiled and had eyes wide open in amazement at this 'new world'. The Luminarium experience seemed to create a space of 'transfiguration' with that sense of seeing in a new way. “
Internet post by a visitor, Fyfe Blair