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Conceptual Design of Arch Buildings

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For one of the Middle Eastern metropolises a Japanese architect So Fujimoto developed a conceptual design of the buildings consisting of the arches.

Arch Buildings’ Concept by Fujimoto

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex - Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex – Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The exact location of this complex is kept secret: the concept is not yet fully approved by the customer.  The project is designed for one of the Middle East cities, which is under construction. However, The Architect’s Newspaper clarifies that the complex will be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It will consist of a variety of shopping and cultural facilities, as well as public spaces, generously landscaped and having a comfortable microclimate because of the numerous waterfalls and ponds.

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex - Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex – Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The architect chose an arch as the main constructive and formative element. This was done in deference to the traditional Islamic architecture, where the arch is one of the most honorable places, and because of its extreme versatility the arch never loses its expressiveness.

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex - Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex – Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The buildings frame will be compiled from modular units with arches height of 8, 16 and 32 feet. Varying modules of different sizes, the architect creates delicate, almost weightless visual constructions, each of which allows light to pass through, and has a unique pattern due to the constant shift of perspective.

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex - Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex – Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

Versatility of the Fujimoto’s design is demonstrated by two projects at once. The first of them provides the creation of an entire shopping street of low-rise and medium height “arch” houses, topped by eight towers, giving the entire composition expressive “pulsating” rhythm. Fujimoto has chosen a poetic name for the project – “Particles of Light”.

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex - Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex – Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The second project will be implemented on the seaside: lace skyscrapers with fountains should become a naval parade portal. Skyscrapers will look as observation towers, from which opens a spectacular view of the surroundings. The buildings’ structure is changing, becoming more permeable to the upper floors, which makes skyscrapers to “dissolve” in the air and make their presence in the panorama of the city illusory in the truest sense.

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex - Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

The master plan of the building block with multifunction complex – Souk Mirage/Particles of Light

 

 

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One Response to “Conceptual Design of Arch Buildings”
  1. adam Says:

    breath taking concept. pitty making it real it will make it ugly


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