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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.

Aura in Erbil, Iraq by SOMA architects

 
July 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: SOMA architects

Aura, the new city center for Erbil, creates an iconic skyline in vein with that of major metropolitan areas. The design uses the diagram of an equalizer to achieve an iconic skyline, and ultimate flexibility of program and area distribution. The buildings form two wings which embrace the parkland in between, allowing for not only for a dynamic landscape within the park, but also maximizing the natural light and ventilation into the park and underground retail center. The landscape within this park is designed using a series of interchangeable modules which act as pools, tree planters, pavilions, and grass panels. These intensive operations resulted in a matrix that not only directed the physical implementation of each wing, guided the carve-out of their massing, but also laid out their interior partitioning and their exterior landscaping. The consequence of this unique system of modular variation across all levels and all scales results in perfect alignments between interior and exterior spaces. In summary, this unifying system, or matrix, successfully unites landscaping, architectural and interior design in one operation.

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

  • Architects: SOMA architects
  • Project: Aura
  • Location: Erbil, Iraq
  • Principal: Michel Abboud
  • Partner: Leo Sguera
  • Lead Designers: Steven Townsend, Fady Stefan
  • Key Staff: Wissam Salameh, Kamil Czarnecki, Adel Dagher, Therese Makhlouf, Aline Raad, Carla Saad, Yong Ju Lee, Nader El Khoury, Marwan Saliba, Sam Nassar, Fadi Castronovo, Mira Naji
  • Gross Floor Area: 200,000 Square Meters
  • Setting: Urban
  • Status: In Construction

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

Image Courtesy © SOMA architects

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