Phuah Lin
The Snowy Babel - Consuming Everest

Thesis supervisor: Alan Tay

Up above the clouds, the roof of Earth, Mt. Everest never cease to seduce and draw crowd ever since its discovery in the late 1800s. The fascination with this majestic landscape in the Himalayas that began from man’s curiosity to chart new territories to his insatiable ambition to conquer nature or to seek the exotic or even the metaphysical. Over the decades, the land that was once considered sacred and forbidden, is tirelessly exploited and irreversibly altered. Exponential growth of climbing expeditions and tourists every season has amassed an equal proportion of refuse that is getting out of hand, further desecrating the sacred mountain. At the same time, the increment of new stupas being erected along the climbing trail, perhaps suggest a kind of self-redemption by the Sherpas.

The thesis propose a mountain. A gargantuan refuse dump and incineration plant that is draped with snow during the climbing seasons, becomes an alternative climb site. Within its core, a thermal bath, tea house, climber’s lodge and mediation hall thrive, in the warm of the plant where the refuse collected from the region is being processed by the minutes. The compacted refuse are stacked, brick by brick, day by day. And as time passed, the mountain grew, birthed and sustained by man’s consuming habit. The ever-growing man-made mountain is an amplification of excess – an epitome of human condition. As the result of distorted curiosity, the Snowy Stupa supplied visitors with augmented amusement and spiritual fulfilment.