How to build an apartment building using an ancient architectural style
An article by Rachael Lees-Parsons for Architects magazine in 2018 describes how architects and engineers have built hundreds of buildings in the Middle East.
The article includes photographs and stories from architects and engineering students working in Syria and Israel, as well as from Syrian-Israeli students studying in London.
In one example, the article describes how an architect in Damascus had worked with an Egyptian engineering firm to design an apartment complex.
The building was finished in the 1920s.
The architecture student was told that his project would have to be built using a “vintage architecture style”, with a “classic” style that would “not be seen today”.
The article explains that the “classic architecture style” is “built around the idea of symmetry, with the main building at the centre of the street and the lower part of the building at ground level”.
An architect and engineering student in Syria was told by an Egyptian company that the main part of their project would be built on a square, with an upper part on the ground level.
The students had to take a decision as to whether to build the lower half of the project on the street or the ground floor, with a central tower to create a “symmetrical” form, and a lower tower on the top of the block.
An Egyptian company was asked to design a building on a flat-topped flat, and the students were told that the building would be taller than the square on the building’s site, with “central pillars and a central shaft”, and would have “a great height” and “no windows”.
The students were given a choice: either build the building on the flat-sided block, or a vertical tower with a roof of wood and concrete.
The students chose the vertical tower.
The building was designed by an architect and engineer student in Damascus, and is now in the hands of the Syrian government.