Sou Fujimoto Proposes "Mirage-Like" Landmark for Middle East

Sou Fujimoto Proposes "Mirage-Like" Landmark for Middle East
Sou Fujimoto Proposes "Mirage-Like" Landmark for Middle East - Lighting, Facade, Arch
Water Plaza. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects

Sou Fujimoto Architects has released details on a conceptual master plan for a commercial complex in a prominent, yet anonymous Middle Eastern city. Situated between an education and financial center, the modular complex reinterprets the “vibrant atmosphere and lively qualities of the traditional market” as well as the “inherent beauty of vernacular Islamic architecture” to create a “timeless” landmark for a currently underused portion of the city.

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Atrium. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects

The Souk Mirage, or “Particles of Light”, master plan is composed of modular structural system of arches that range in size according to program. Originally “inspired by the harmonious silhouette of traditional Bedouin tents,” the arches’ purpose is to provide a simple system of organization whose “unique and timeless architectural expression” provides the framework for an intricate retail, office and cultural center shaped around public plazas and atriums.

Sou Fujimoto Proposes "Mirage-Like" Landmark for Middle East - Arcade, Arch
Shop. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects

As an example of the conceptual master plan’s potential, Sou Fujimoto Architects unveiled the Outlook Tower and Water Plaza. Created by arch modules ranging from 3 to 12 meters, the landmark complex is built on a shoreline site at the end of a major avenue. Perhaps its most defining feature, aside from its distinctive silhouette, is its large collection of variously-sized waterfalls that cool the complex. 

“By combining the transparency of the arches with the stepping waterfalls, a dynamic play with light and shadow is created, while appearing mirage-like,” described Sou Fujimoto.

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"Particles of Light" Section. Image © Sou Fujimoto Architects

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Sou Fujimoto Proposes "Mirage-Like" Landmark for Middle East" 21 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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