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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Nassiriyah Truck Stop in Ur, Dhi Qar, Iraq by New World Design LLC

 
February 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Located on a desolate and dusty plane near the ancient Ziggurat of UR, the Nassiriyah Truck Stop is proposed as a modern day oasis along one of Iraq’s most dangerous highways. The project is intended to become an economic seed for the local community by proving space and microfinance grants for family-owned businesses, as well as vital services and supplies for Iraq’s trucking community.

Aerial View Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Aerial View Nassiriyah Truck Stop

  • Architects: New World Design LLC
  • Location: Ur, Dhi Qar, Iraq
  • Architect in charge: Jeffrey Olinger
  • Structural Engineer: Haris Engineering Inc.
  • Size: 2,531 sqm
  • Year: 2010

The project’s distinctive modular steel canopy is designed with both economy and efficiency in mind. Each module can be pre-assembled offsite and bolted together in the field. By combining inverted and regular pyramidal modules, the design is able to create a compound span capable of clearing 17 meters from inexpensive lightweight steel members.

Site Plan of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Site Plan of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

The canopy is bookended by two commercial retail buildings that will be constructed using locally-made bricks, the traditional building material in the region. The retail component of the project will house a restaurant that serves local Iraqi cuisine, a driver dispatch and communications center, a tire change shop, an engine repair shop, a grocery, and an oil change shop.

Long Section View of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Long Section View of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

The tectonics of the project carefully balance the need for labor-intensive manual construction that can employ as many local laborers as possible with precisely engineered steel components that can be assembled by more highly skilled regional workers. Many of Iraq’s reconstruction projects to date have been heavily reliant upon the construction of large, high-tech, and difficult to manage projects, many of which employ third party nationals for construction purposes. In order to ensure that the creation of the project, and not just its end use, economically benefits the local community, the Nassiriyah Truck Stop targets a smaller scale and simpler methods of construction, and is generic enough that it can be franchised and repeated throughout Iraq.

Canopy Frame of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Canopy Frame of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Canopy Section of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Canopy Section of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Plan1 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Plan1 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Plan2 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Plan 2 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Canopy of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Canopy of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Trellis of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Trellis of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Restaurant 2 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Restaurant 2 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Restaurant 1 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Restaurant 1 of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Grocery of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Grocery of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Engine Shop of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Engine Shop of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Sunset View of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Sunset View of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Construction Site of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Construction Site of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Oil Change Plant of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Oil Change Plant of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Sections of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

Sections of Nassiriyah Truck Stop

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