Sayaka Namba
Diploma 5

My thesis explores the possibilities of congregational space in isolated location. Especially how particular subculture drives people to make this pilgrimage to the building for its own special experience during the journey and at the building as the final destination.


LjósSviði assembles a pilgrimage of local people, the tourists and musicians at the top of the 100m cliff in the Icelandic Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. The outdoor hybrid theatre manipulates the natural phenomena of arctic light and geothermal field conditions to construct a charged landscape of ephemeral atmospheres for the music events and local festivals.

The design strategy is developed from analysis of how Amish, as an example of isolated social group, gathers. Also for the spatial organization, how the pilgrimage path, French Way, and its final destination, Santiago de Compostela, are composing one congregational space.

Pilgrimage to the Field of Light in Asbyrgi, Iceland. Strategy was taken from how an isolated social group, Amish, constructs their publicness, and how Camino Frances from Way of St James and its final destination, Santiago de Compostela, construct one congregational space.The Light Field is constructed during three days of the year.The apparatus of the Field of LightStairs in the Steam Field: Physical path and perceived pathAxonometricSectionEnd of the Pilgrimage