On the eastern side of the Ajlun mountains, Amman is a hilly city through which a small river, Wadi ‘Amman, once ran. Settlements have existed on the plateau since at least 3000 BCE. The Islamic history of the city begins when the city was taken by the forces of the general Yazīd ibn Abī Sufyān in 635, but it declined in importance, and by 1300 had nearly disappeared.
The Ottoman resettled the site with Circassian refugees from Russia in 1878, but I wasn’t until becoming the capital of Jordan after World War II that the city really began to grow.
A literary and ethnic café based in Amman, designed as a cultural venue and home to a myriad of artistic disciplines. It is an L-shaped structure, built on several levels, with concrete and steel as its principal building materials. The walls, floors, and ceilings are unified in texture and in colour. Dark wood inserts were used for the floors, counters and furniture, and built-in niches in the walls house artwork. The entire café wraps around the service kitchen on the ground floor, and includes a coffee bar that is exposed to the outside of the building.