This project came after an intensive study of Umayyad architecture and its unique characteristics that define it as a period on its own in Islamic architecture.
The project was an exercise to try and speculate what Contemporary Umayyad architecture would look like.
The challenge was to use the architectural treatments of the period in a new way.
The after all form was a group of features that were reiterated, starting with bulky masses, very directional and symmetrical plans, narrow vertical openings, mashrabeyyat, and a pishtaq.
In addition to the listed features, patterns were of dominant significance in the aesthetics of the period studied, therefore the project intended to portray the other possible uses of patterns not only in the decoration of walls and ceilings, but in the creation of an entire form and space.
The creation of a pattern; according to Islamic architecture almost all patterns emerge from a circle, using proportional repetition, reflection and rotation a pattern is created, a portion of the pattern exhibits spatial and organizational similarities to a typical mosque of the Umayyad period, therefore its chosen.
Schematic program of built mass.
Hierarchical massing with court in the middle and an opposite Iwan creating a public plaza.
Pishtaq detail, taken from the same pattern.
Mashrabeyyat detail, taken from the same pattern, covering narrow vertical openings alternating with gun-holes.