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Sphere as an infinite wall
Шапкин Тимофей
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Took part in the competition "THE WALL", organized by RIBA

Alan Jibilov
Tim Shapkin
Viz: Michael Kaunov

November 2016

Participants were invited to propose a sculptural object among the picturesque landscapes of Britain (and necessarily next to the highway), which should be built of one million bricks. According to the idea of the organizers, each brick symbolizes the answered prayer, and the whole monument is considered as evidence of divine good deeds on earth.

The project Description:
The God exists beyond the time and space, he is infinite. This
thesis defines the concept of infinite wall, looped in a perfect
shape of sphere. The continuous structure consists of one million
bricks and each of them represents the story of prayer Jesus has
responded to. Huge sphere in the middle of the landscape acts


The entire structure is a metaphoric library, where one can read
each brick using mobile device. There is a spiral ramp inside the
sphere providing the opportunity to approach directly to any of
bricks of the wall. The visitor enters to the sphere through the
visitor center allocated in the basement of the sphere. All the
auxiliary facilities are partly covered with ground and shape small
hill. The visitors may free download special app for their device to get the
access of the virtual version of the structure. The network of embedded
sensors and a gyroscope allows accurately determine the
position of the mobile device in space. Whenever the visitor hovers
the mobile phone or tablet to the wall, the application allows him
to see augmented reality trough the screen, with detailed information
on each story behind the brick. This enables to everybody who
donated money for the project identify his own brick between the
million of others. The app allows to see also through the wall if
the required brick is located on the outside surface of the sphere.
Thus bare solid made of bricks is converted into an interactive


According to our calculations, a million bricks make possible to
laid out the surface of two spheres with a diameter of 35 to 50
meters. It depends on the size of bricks. The height of the proposed
structure is 44.5 meters. The wall becomes lighter and thinner
to the top and more massive to the bottom in order to bear
loads. There is reinforcing frame inside the wall, which enables
the construction process without scaffolding. The perforation of
the dome lets the natural light and fresh air enter inside.
The proposed concept can be easily adapted to any site and be
scaled in order to optimize the cost of construction.


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