ahmad bissani

The project is divided between a public program at the lower levels that aims to become the social center of the neighborhood, through providing amenities for the city, and private student residents on the upper levels.  The project also benefits from understanding its surrounding and incorporating these unique urban characteristics.

Gheitawi’s unique urban fabric result in both a dynamic well-connected environment, because of the high density of institutions and programs in the neighborhood, and quite intimate moments, as a result of the “zawarib”. These ideas were taken into the project through dividing the site into 2 terraces, an upper terrace slightly elevated from the street resulting in a courtyard and spaces that welcome the city into them and becomes an extension of the neighborhood. While the second terrace is sunken which results in a quieter and more intimate environment that supports activities that require deeps concertation. The spaces that occupy the 2 terraces, as pat of the public program, are organized to allow their function to benefit from the environment they reside in. These ideas are further emphasized through placing the circulation as part of these terraces and programs, to allow the dweller to move through transitioning environments.

The use of the terraces is continued up into the residential program through a series of rooftop terraces and balconies that the units are organized around, thus allowing the residents to simultaneously have their own private space and form close connections with their surroundings. The units are also organized around communal spaces that extends beyond the different levels.

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