PEARLING SITE: a Forest of Columns Guiding You to the Pearling Path

VALERIO OLGIATI
2019

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The entire building functions as the entrance to the cultural heritage and the foyer for the Medina.

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The site contains ruins that form part of the UNESCO Pearling Path.

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It is an urban room for the people of Muharraq with the scale of a
public park.

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Concrete elements are placed along the property boundary to form a new locus in the dense city.

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A large space is created in which a forest of columns and wind towers hold a horizontal plate 10 meters above ground.

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A roof, understood as an archaic gesture, donates vital shadows for the people of Muharraq in this very hot climate and produces a new and unique situation through its different scale.

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Slightly set back in the shadow is an enigmatic house in which the museum of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage is located.

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As a totality the building creates a universe in itself that is the entrance for the Pearling Path and the city beyond.

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Project info:

Architect: VALERIO OLGIATI
Location: Muharraq, Bahrain
Client: Bahrain Authority of Culture & Antiquities
Materials: In-situ concrete, Steel
End of Construction: February 2019
Area: 6726 m2


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