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Dubai School of Architecture competition:

Dubai Supersc(h)ool of architecture / The CLOUD
A school of architecture located anywhere should be
attractive, interesting and probably beautiful but a school of architecture in

Students must be inspired by this visionary city with a
contemporary/future artifact (aka performative device) that takes its context
into account and acknoledges it. Concepts like TALLNESS, GLOSSINESS, SIMBOLISM,
part of the ecuation… of even should be the ecuation itself.

Let’s make a CLOUD, an scarce and valuable feature that will
hide (and seek) the personal and CREATIVE world of architecture students into a
misterious and reflective material. SUPER ANISH KAPOOR.
The CLOUD has set its own rules regarding geometry and orientation
because even if the exterior ambiguously reflects reality and disguises itself
(like an alien device) the interior hides a MECCA pointer, we should’t forget
the importance of this cosmic locator, a global urban planner for the interior.

The exterior is, indeed, designed according to a radical
understanding of the sun cycle. Therefore the cloud will hide behind a double
skin of mirror-like aluminum and thermal insulation facing strict SOUTH and
will allow strange organisms to GROW on the other side of the cloud. Just like
MOSS growing on the north face of tree trunks. Besides NORTH orientation
overlooks the ARABIC GULF. SUPER COOL!.
EAST and WEST orientations are similar and just the main 2
auditoriums (cut out from the east facade, to enjoy Dubai’s unique SUNRISE)
ICONICALLY distinguish themselves from the bulk of the 5 ROWS (5 GRADES) of
emerging classrooms (or MUSSELS).

Everything directly related to the world of the students (where
our focus is) will happen INSIDE the cloud: Cafeteria, workshops, drawing
rooms, computers, labs, debate clubs, unions… The social+welfare THEATRE is
performed as a continuous LOOP that will poetically connect and commute all the
school activities (or, if you’re not in the loop, then you’re not.. period).

On ground floor (although looking UP…) the school will drop
the rest of the functions (Dorms, Service area and Professional Practice), common
Chicago-alike tall buildings tangled below the cloud’s LEGS. A mimetic version
of the modern and standard old-fashioned surrounding skyscrapers. Let’s keep up
And on the top, right were the cloud ends you’ll find three
iconic DOMES, muslim inspired volumes that will connect and match the required,
and probably more real IDENTITY of the place.

1-Random-like (standard) tall buildings. The ROCKS.
The fist layer embraces familiarity as this blocks develop a
dejà vù impression… just as if these 5 blocks were already there when the cloud
Materiality is an issue. Today’s facades are tomorrow’s
reminders of fashion, therefore let’s take advantage of fashion and use the
south sides of our 5 buildings as billboards, perfored textile skins that will
cover and protect the content of the blocks also providing an always updated
image to the city (the Metro, highway).
Behind this fashionable layer traditional middle east
materials show up reinterpreted with contemporary means and techniques. Adobe
and mud will be specifically selected and used in ventilated facades. Middle
east precast concrete.
2-Glossy and reflecting THE CITY around it. The CLOUD acts
as a camouflage-identity device. It covers the “standard” blocks with its
misterious and natural aura. The CLOUD is specialized regarding orientation:
South sun is agressive in DUBAI, therefore the reflecting aluminum layer covers
and protects its precious content (knowledge and creativity). Because of the
SUN,no specific objects/functions emerge from this facade.
Also it faces an extraordinary DUBAI feature: SHEIKH ZAYED
road and metro that will be reflected in our cloud.
North side, though, is filled up with emerging elements such
as two main ASSEMBLY HALLS and 5 levels of classrooms (from 1st grade to 5th
grade). TALKATIVE ARCHITECTURE (Ledoux dixit).
3- The 3 DOME watchtowers/lighthouses perform a twofold
duty, they allocate the library, Phd and DUBAI urban research+investors
building and Top of the CLOUD (as extraordinary academic events space). TOP
functions that belong to our SUPERSkool. Besides they accomplish an important
architectural task such as defining IDENTITY. They refer to traditional muslim
domes embracing history with contemporary means.
M- the classrooms must be eloquent as they preserve and
share inspiration + knowledge, therefore they naturally grow like MOSS in the
north face of the CLOUD providing DUBAI with formal/iconic devotion (and
overlooking the ARAB GULF!!!).
A- Special events, academic conferences, final thesis design
presentations & scholar symposiums deserve special spaces. The two ASSEMBLY
HALLS boldly highlight in EAST facade like Melnikov’s disciples.
E- The SPIRAL. Here is were everything happens because a
school of architecture belongs to students. This is their TERRITORY. As natural
ascendant/descendant landscape that performs all the necessary activities &
events of this talkative and extrovert sKool.

The core of this stage (like a theatre) is a dramatic void,
the absence of matter as essential creator of space, of possibilities… where
there is architecture, nothing else might happen. Rem Koolhaas.