IRIS – a spatial ocean dynamo

Beirut, Lebanon

Concept IRIS is an attempt at resisting the expropriation of ’s open coastline returning the sea back to the fishermen and the local habitants of the Ras Beirut district. Through architecture, it materializes the threshold condition between two very distinct, yet concomitant entities: the dense city and the open sea. Waves transform the kinematic structure Read More

AA Visiting School Jordan – Desert Ecologies

Amman, Jordan

Jordan – Desert Ecologies Amman-Petra-Wadi Rum, Jordan Sunday 1 – Tuesday 10 September 2013 Event poster   JUNE 28TH 2013. The Architectural Association School of Architecture has opened registration for its newest AA Visiting School, held in Jordan on September 1st to 10th 2013. AAVS Jordan is an intensive workshop directed by Riyad Joucka, with Read More

Shell Star: Prototyping Public Space


‘Shell Star’ for Detour 2012: Prototyping Public Space by Andrew Kudless (Matsys)  +Riyad Joucka (HKU) Hong Kong 2012 The Shell Star Pavilion is designed to provide an exciting shelter for participants during the Detour 2012 festival. The pavilion’s star shape references both the nearby sea and the 5-petal flower of the bauhinia blakeana orchid tree, Read More

KAUST Breakwater Beacon

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Urban Arts Projects , Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2009 500 sqm Designed by ; A 60m high ‘Breakwater Beacon’ centerpiece of a $7bn research institution for the King Abdullah University for Science & Technology (KAUST), overlooking the Red Sea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Australia based designers have drawn inspiration from Arabic maritime traditions, Read More