Think of a simple cube and try to transform it into a sphere.' This thought experiment formed the basis for a project that plays on notions of duality: two different shapes with the same mass, and two different functions - mini shopping mall and education centre. Inspired by the legendary figure of Sahmeran (the product of a union between a young man and a snake in the shape of a beautiful woman), it attempts a fusing of opposites. The structure is of reinforced concrete and steel, while the facades are made up of composite panels, glass, ceramic and steel.
Shopping/Education Centre Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.