Parasol

Date: 2013                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Status: Competition Winner  
Credits: Collaboration with Möbius Design Studio
Design Team: Maryam Alzaabi, Hala Aljboori, Basma Arwani, Aya Shaker, Nada Abu Shaqra

Designed specifically for Sharjah's Maraya Art Park, Parasol explores the latent potential of integrating vernacular material practices and contemporary digital fabrication techniques to structure a living spatial construct.

In an attempt at critically rethinking the use of vernacular practices within the 21st century, Parasol employs ideas and techniques used in traditional wooden dhow construction towards structuring a shelter. In an attempt at reducing material-use and waste, Parasol is structured in ways that rethink normative ideas of structure and skin into a singular performative condition. Moreover, Parasol is conceived as a living and evolutionary pavilion in that the construct will structure and support natural plant material to grow onto it and weave through its surface.

Due to materiality and form, Parasol will continue to integrate seamlessly with the natural landscape and provide shelter to visitors through encouraging them to interact with the living object and the landscape.