Le Chaos Sensible

Meriam Sehimi
Professur
Architectural Design and Participation
Projektarbeit

ACCRA, THE CAPITAL OF GHANA IS A BOOMING CITY IN WEST AFRICA. THE SEMESTER TASK IS TO DESIGN A MIXED-USE BUILDING IN JAMESTOWN, A VIBRANT QUARTER WHICH IS ONE OF THE OLD-EST AND HISTORICALLY MOST IMPORTANT PARTS OF THE GHANAIAN CAPITAL. JAMESTOWN IS A DIVERSE PLACE WITH ITS POPULAR BOXING CLUBS, FISHING HARBOR AND MARKETS. THE SITE IS LOCATED BY THE SEASIDE AND HIGH STREET, ONE OF ACCRAS‘ MAIN ROADS, THUS OFFERING A DIVERSE POTENTIAL FOR LIVING, COMMERCIAL, SPORTS AND LEISURE. THE AIM OF THE STUDIO ‘MIX IT UP’ IS TO DESIGN A MULTI STOREY BUILDING, WHICH FULFILLS DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS: IT PROVIDES APARTMENTS SUITABLE FOR GHANAIAN FAMILIES; GIVES SPACE FOR COMMERCIAL USES, COMPLIMENTS THE EXISTING COMMUNITY AND OFFERS GENEROUS SPORTS FACILITIES AND OTHER ACTIVITIES.

OUR SCHEME WAS NOT ONLY INFLUENCED BY THE SITE’S CONTEXT BUT ALSO FROM THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE TOPOGRAPHIC AND URBAN FABRIC. WHILE OBSERVING AND ANALYZING THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF ACCRA, WE WERE FASCINATED BY HOW THE MOVEMENT OF LIGHTWEIGHT ELEMENTS COULD BE TRANSFORMED INTO ARCHITECTURE. REFLECTING SIMILAR MOMENTS IN OUR BUILDING, WE CREATED A LIGHT CANOPY, WHICH REVEALS MOMENTS OF THE PROGRAM. SENSING THIS TRANSIENT NATURE, THE CONCEPT’S PRIORITY IS TO CAPTURE AND GROW AN ARCHITECTURE OF EMPOWERMENT WHILE CELEBRATING GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT.
OUR SITE EXISTS THROUGH ITS NATURAL BORDERS AND ONLY SO ABSORBS THE DENSE AND VIBRANT OVERFLOW OF THE CONTEXT. THE STRONG RELATION BETWEEN HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND TOPOGRAPHY DEFINES OUR PROJECT‘S IDENTITY. THE ISTHMUS COMBINED WITH THE CITY’S DENSITY FORMS A SENSIBLE CHAOS, AN ORDERED BUT ALSO KINETIC SPACE. FOLLOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF FREEDOM AND EXPRESSION, WE AIMED TO CREATE AN OPEN STRUCTURE WHICH BLOWS OUT THE SPACE.
THE CHOSEN PROGRAM BASED ON THE NOTIONS OF HABITAT, HUMAN DIGNITY AND IDENTITY ORDERS A DYNAMIC PROGRESSION OF SPACE BY GENERATING A MOVEMENT TOWARDS THE SEA. IN ORDER TO WEAVE THESE 3 NARRATIVES TOGETHER, WE POSITIONED “ACTIVATION POINTS”.
THESE NOTATIONS ARE INITIATING OUR PROGRAM‘S GROWTH AND DYNAMIC, EITHER PULLING OR RELEASING TENSION BETWEEN THE SPACES. RATHER THAN JUST WORKING WITH FORMS, WE IMAGINED THEM AS BEING FORCES, AND LEADING ENERGIES IN OUR CONCEPT. SIMILARLY TO A BUTTERFLY EFFECT, A MOVEMENT OF A SPACE CAUSES THE ACTIVATION OF ANOTHER.

THE PROJECT CHALLENGES ACCRA’S CREATIVE EXPRESSION WHILE FOCUSING ON GIFTING FREEDOM THROUGH ARCHITECTURE.

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// Level 0
München, 2020, © Dafni Filippa, Meriam Sehimi
// Exterior Views
München, 2020, © Dafni Filippa, Meriam Sehimi
// Housing Concept
München, 2020, © Dafni Filippa, Meriam Sehimi
// Living -Exploded Axonometry
München, 2020, © Dafni Filippa, Meriam Sehimi
// Progression towards the ocean
München, 2020, © Dafni Filippa, Meriam Sehimi