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Soundsystem Built to Look Like a Cubist Minaret

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A pair of architects working in the United Arab Emirates put a modern spin on minarets.
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  Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy
This installation and amplification system, built of wood veneer and aluminum, was inspired by the sound of muezzins and the abstract look of Islamic design. 
Photo by Juan Roldan
    Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy

    This installation and amplification system, built of wood veneer and aluminum, was inspired by the sound of muezzins and the abstract look of Islamic design.

    Photo by Juan Roldan

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  Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy
Stacked like a cubist version of a custom phonograph, Resonant Surface 01 debuted at in this Dubai courtyard in March during the Sikka 2014 art fair. Both teach architecture at the American University of Sharjah, the emirate next to Dubai, and have become engrossed with Islamic design.
Photo by Juan Roldan
    Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy

    Stacked like a cubist version of a custom phonograph, Resonant Surface 01 debuted at in this Dubai courtyard in March during the Sikka 2014 art fair. Both teach architecture at the American University of Sharjah, the emirate next to Dubai, and have become engrossed with Islamic design.

    Photo by Juan Roldan

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  Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy
Seven horns crafted from wood veneer, each measuring 10 feet long, have been coiled and shaped together to help amplify a person’s voice, separated by 6-millimeter thick aluminum frames. The shape, initially a geodesic dome in the Buckminster Fuller mold, was reshaped into a bent octagon to accommodate the horns. The installation works as a resonating engine just like a trumpet horn, and distributes the sound so well, it’s actually hard to hear yourself when you’re standing behind it.
Photo by Juan Roldan
    Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy

    Seven horns crafted from wood veneer, each measuring 10 feet long, have been coiled and shaped together to help amplify a person’s voice, separated by 6-millimeter thick aluminum frames. The shape, initially a geodesic dome in the Buckminster Fuller mold, was reshaped into a bent octagon to accommodate the horns. The installation works as a resonating engine just like a trumpet horn, and distributes the sound so well, it’s actually hard to hear yourself when you’re standing behind it.

    Photo by Juan Roldan

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  Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy
While it was first displayed as more of an architectural abstract than an actual addition to a minaret, Yogiaman and Tracy, who have also done extensive work in Indonesia, are exploring the idea of designing a mosque and integrating this design.
Photo by Juan Roldan
    Resonant Surface 01 by Christine Yogiaman and Ken Tracy

    While it was first displayed as more of an architectural abstract than an actual addition to a minaret, Yogiaman and Tracy, who have also done extensive work in Indonesia, are exploring the idea of designing a mosque and integrating this design.

    Photo by Juan Roldan

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