Silent Dance

FINALIST of Meditation Roofs


Meditation Roofs


Silent Dance. Bourgeois skylights, performers of Porto’s rooftops.


Name: Ivan Tsurov

Instagram: ivan_tsrv

Nationality: Bulgaria

Hidden behind the edges, they emerge as actors of the blue sky. Elevated above the street noise, they gracefully dance to the rhythm of nature. Their actions evolve from morning through night, reaching the culmination of the sunset or dramatic lightning.

That’s the tale of the silent dance of bourgeois skylights, the distinctive performers of Porto’s rooftops. They originated as a response to the architectural needs of typical houses. Is it a temptation for natural light in the staircases or a landmark of the home’s soul in the sky of Porto?

Thus, the unique skylights of Porto, seemingly alienated among pitched roofs, unsightly antennas, captivating views, and golden sunlight, stand as objects in need of preservation and new souls.

Skylights are destined to become meditation capsules, seamlessly blending with the city yet offering a private and tranquil space. Equipped with a small elevating system, existing skylights allow spectators to ascend high above the roofs. Their space has been redesigned for a larger and more sensual experience. Tilted glass plates, combined with flower pots, respond to the wind, sunlight, and raindrops, making the spectator an integral part of Porto’s silent dance.

Jury Comments

  • Very poetic proposal, that fills the cities roofscape with lanterns that connect people with the elements but at the same time reveals the persons presence at night as a star in the sky. -Olav Bruin
  • Interesting way of looking for in a small change in one architectural element, a larger change on other levels. It would like to see this worked out better in design and graphics.


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