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.
Dead Sea Resort & Opera House in Jordan by Accent Design Group
January 17th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Accent Design Group
The main concept in this project is to create a resort that naturally blends in this special site, by having the built up areas merge naturally with the surroundings, appearing as terraces in the landscape. These terraces, or strips, would contain the individual housing units, amidst a natural/artificial landscape of palm trees and water pools.
The idea again is to have something that infringes as little as possible on the experience of the Dead Sea, and that would provide an antidote to the other reigning ideas of suburban recreational facilities, which create completely artificial surroundings.
The terraces would start at the bottom level of the site, rising towards the upper ‘platform’, where the project meets the highway. There, on the upper boundary of the site, two elements serve to anchor the project and to signal its presence on the highway: the hotel unit and the opera house.
The first element is distinguished by its basic rectangular geometry, while the other one fractures to allow a more expressive articulation of the program. Overall, the intent is to create a project that intrudes as little as possible, that discretely fits into its surroundings, and that distinguishes itself by this sensitivity to ‘place’.
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