for an Academy was originally proposed to be on a site inside a nature
conservancy reserve, but the architect convinced the client to use an adjacent
abandoned quarry which is outside the reserve. The basic philosophy was that
the building would use the parts of nature which have been injured in the past,
instead of adding a new intervention on virgin land. Encompassing an academy that
provides educational programmes on environment and features a high-end
restaurant and craft, the Academy follows a quarry cliff cut-line, creating a
linear addition of constructed stone to the bedrock. Arrival is via a stone
bridge spanning 30 metres and the longest in Jordan to the mid-point between
the restaurant and the Academy. The massive southern facade consists of very
small windows with giant vertical blade-like stone cracks shearing into zero
width.Corridors are defined by a crack in the ceiling that lets natural
sunlight in. On the opposite side, the Academy touches the forest.. The project
illustrates how to use abandoned quarries that are found in the surrounding
mountains in large numbers of 100 or more.
Shortlisted Projects: Learning in Architecture and Plurality. Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi. Zurich: Lars Muller Publishers, 2016.
This publication features the winners and shortlisted projects for the 13h cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
This book brings together a diverse range of exemplary architectural projects from across the globe. Carefully selected and examined by a team of experts, these projects demonstrate innovative approaches that respond to the challenges and potentials of contemporary conditions and contexts.
One guiding principle of this 13th Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is the importance of plurality. Since its inception the Award has aimed to be inclusive and to embrace the engagement of a diverse group of users. But equally, it has sought projects that explore a plurality of methods and architecture in achieving that goal.
Here, the authors of the essays use that productive tension between architecture and plurality not only to provide a framework for the examination of the projects but also to explore the intellectual and projective means by which architecture are plurality can find other common grounds in the future.