QUEEN EFFAT

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

QUEEN EFFAT

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Category: public

Project Summary

This concept began as the architectural study of the cradle of all books: a bookshelf. The study was conceived with a more static, linear approach which then progressed with the inclusion of light & glass. Inspired by illumination; the design then finalizing as a dynamic and realistic representation of a “busy” shelf where books have been read as a reflection of diligent work and obtained “knowledge”. Envisioned in 3 levels: an atrium, intermediate & main building, the elements of this design are representative of the 3 levels of faith: Islam, Iman & Ihsan. This concept concentrates on the idea of a suspended volume. The design portrays a modular, minimalist book elevated as a symbol of “heightened” wisdom. The script “Knowledge is light, Ignorance is Darkness” is etched on all 3 sides of glass to create the lines of individual pages of a book. The book’s lines or main structure, must be approached via simple, wide-form stairs to introduce the notion that one is entering a place of importance. The stairs then lead to an intermediate lobby area. This lobby is a transition stage which prepares the public for the elevation into the main structure. This secondary area is enveloped in glass to further enhance the sense of the “suspended” volume. And finally, the third level and main area of structure: the highest and most important environment of the building rests suspended, visually communicating iconic significance.