“Transarchitecture”, a term which was coined by Markos Novak, is an architectural discourse that embraced and explored the bridge between virtual and material spaces. However this theory of design came out around 1996, when architecture was just emerging into the digital real. However today we are really seeing how this heavily complex virtual designs impact and play with existing architecture in today’s world much like in Ayman’s project done at University of Balamand, Lebanon. We see the beginnings of a strong architectural conversation of how to tie the modern architectural impact onto a historical site, much like Libeskind’s redesign of the Military History Museum. Looking at Ayman’s project I see the opportunity push more into the existing site instead of remaining perched a top of it. Check it out after the jump!
SCHOOL: University of Balamand, Lebanon
PROFESSORS: Samer Eid
“The project is based on the “trans-architecture” ideology developed and considered by Markos Novak. Students were to design an extension for an ottoman period museum; namely Habib Basha el Saad’s house (Lebanon’s second president). The idea was to provoke a more dynamic outline of a museum’s parkour; give it a space that appreciates the building and nature (specifically a 2000 year old oak tree).
In a quick reptile-like movement, the extension sits on the higher ground of the project allowing for a,not so politically correct aesthetic (purposely). The kickback structure however, allows the visitors to explore the old part and weave through to the new one which in turn gives the ottoman monster the glory it used to hold.” – Ayman
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