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.
Royal Academy for Nature Conservation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2016.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.