Designed by KRon Fleisher Architecture firm, the house takes full advantage of the landscape, at the top of the hill overlooking Wadi Ara. The design reflects the desire to keep a strong palestinian identity near Haifa, in the heart of the Arab-Israeli village of Musmus.
Its generous, carved openings (mashrabiyas) encourage the natural circulation of air in different living spaces. The plan combines traditional spaces, such as the Liwan space around which the objects are arranged, and contemporary needs, such as a TV room and a formal dining room.
Photography by Shai Epstein
Designed in Pune-India, by Malik Architecture, The Lupin Research Center has an open amphitheatre, fountains of water and an auditorium inside an aluminium cube. The complex is organized around a central courtyard which articulates a library, a fitness centre and a café. Many fountains and basins are scattered around the complex.
The complex is intended to provide a multitude of spaces that inspire both a scientist and also serve as a point of encounter and interaction. The light and shadow were subject to multiple interpretations in order to produce the poetry of a light play on the walls, also the water, present in a multitude of environments and functions.
This project wants to mediate between two parallel streams of thought: the scientist who measures what exists and the artist whose Kingdom is in the immeasurable.
Photographer : Bharath Ramamrutham
The Fusion Multi-cultural Center, in Amsterdam, is an example of hybrid architectural culture, a quest for synergy and new identity, undertaking the challenge to create a multipurpose building combining Turkish and Moroccan facilities with a typically Dutch institution of job creation.
Hence, the aim was to create a mix of Arab architectural styles with the local Dutch architecture inspired geometric patterns in brick which resulted in a hybrid architecture whose exterior does not immediately reveal the nature of its inside activities.
*Photos by Luuk Kramer, Marcel van der Burg, Ad van Denderen
Saint Joseph University’s Campus for Sport and Innovation in Beirut, Lebanon, is taking shape through a set of solids and voids, the design being accented by cantilevered volumes in tension, disbursements and geometric convergences…
Nowadays, Istanbul is dominated by towers – phenomena that has had a great impact on the cultural and religious institutions present within. The mosque used to be the main protagonist of the skyline of the city but now it is encroached by the evolution of vertical constructions which reduce its predominant character.
The solution to make bigger mosques or to find more secluded areas does not address the crisis faced by the mosques following the increasing dynamism of the city. Perhaps it is better to not insist on the implementation of strict regulations in the city but, rather, to invent a new way of designing mosques as part of a new vertical city.
The mosque has played, for many centuries, the role of social condenser by attracting several programs around it. It is aimed to keep this tradition that sees the mosque as an intrinsic part of the urban structure and not only as a monument detached. The city and the mosque must be in harmony.
‘The mosque in the sky‘ supports the idea of maintaining the elements of the mosque, which help to communicate its purpose and functions such as the dome, minarets and courtyard. In this proposal, they are reinterpreted.
In March 2010, the Alliances Foundation for sustainable development has launched an international competition to design a training center in Marrakech. Sixty-three teams from seventeen countries responded to the call for applications from which six teams were selected for the competition. The present project was awarded the 3rd prize of the jury.
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