Mixed Use Project

This is a mixed use project presented as a third year project in the University Of Jordan and it was presented for a Jordanian company in Amman as well, the conception of this project did not stem from a highly theoretical and abstract notion: it was rather derived from the nature of the project itself.

Courtesy of Rasha Al Shami

Courtesy of Rasha Al Shami

Mixed-use development can be defined as a building, or set of buildings, or neighborhood that house a multi varied combination of residential, commercial, industrial, office, institutional, or other activities.

By that, mixed use developments activates urban areas during more hours of the day; Increase housing options for diverse household types; reduces auto dependence; increases travel options; and most importantly create a local sense of place. In that sense a mixed used building was seen as a machine that skillfully blends different functions and users together in an atmosphere of segregation and fusion together; a machine where space within simultaneously configures parallel but separate forms of life that are separately layered yet perceived as a whole unit. As such, the design of the project was seen as a dialectic proposition between two separate but interrelated concepts: singularity and stratification.

Courtesy of Rasha Al Shami

Courtesy of Rasha Al Shami

The overall building is designed as a single cubic mass on the exterior signifying the unity of life, while the inside is stratified volumetrically via interlocking planes, echoing our multilayered way of life, all overlooking a central yard reminiscing the old concept of courtyard houses. Externally, the cubic mass is not left in its platonic state; its in-elasticity is lessened and animated through subtractions, additions, and deformations. Its metallic mesh allows light and movement to be seen on the outside while giving required privacy.

Courtesy of Rasha Al Shami

Courtesy of Rasha Al Shami

The cubic mass is not randomly configured; the allocation of walls, columns, subdivisions and additions, and the overall massing is regulated by ideal geometry. Nevertheless, the monotony of this geometry was broken by a tilted module that accounts for unexpected events that change the direction of our lives and echoes new complexities.

project credits:
Name of the project :Al-Madina MixedUse Project
Name: Rasha Al Shami
Professor: Dr. Firas Sharaf

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