Aug 26th, 2010 |
Who says the Saudi government doesn’t have a sense for aesthetics?! (Rhetorical question, please make no attempts to answer) A recent shoot for an architecture firm took me to a REALLY good looking government building. Take a look!
Big Big BIG Pictures!
Make it small (No anatomical analogies shall me made if you choose this option… Do you mind if I call you teeny, sir? ;P)
The shoot was of the building atrium, located smack in the middle of all the other municipality offices.
I was told that initially, this area had no ceiling and was a courtyard in between the other offices. Given the Saudi weather, people tended to stay away. After a bit of renovation, the place is now the most occupied section of the Municipality. Saudi Govt: 0 for planning, 10 for improvisation!
Comfortable seats were added, as well as plants and air conditioning. My task though, was to highlight the 'space frame', which is the scaffolding you see at the top. It was done by the architecture firm I'm working with.
The triangular scaffolding, or 'space frames' are quite common and you've undoubtedly seen them around (but I bet you didn't know they were called 'space frames', heh!). What was unique here was the fabric 'pyramids' added to the top. The aesthetic improvements from this is immense.
Firstly, it just looks really cool! Definitely a step up from the drab scaffolding look.
But most importantly, the white fabric of the pyramids reflects light. Not only does this attenuate Saudi's glaring sun, but the light that does reach the space below is wonderfully diffused. Sitting in the atrium actually feels like sitting in a wide open, airy place.
Not just for show, the frame is actually holding the entire ceiling up as well.
+1 to the Saudi Government! Good Job! Now please let the women drive ;P
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