suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
moatasem ESMAT: Project L.E.V. represents my ideologies of how can sustainability be represented in a new contemporary mold that breaks the usual dull meaning of sustainability. the project went under many studies to ensure the resulting of a staggering, constructable structure. Later on these studies were formed under the name of “Paradigm Shift”, with the “time” element being implemented through the studies it showed the true meaning of how a structure (as entities) can evolve and grow to shape itself until it reaches the desired point of timeline.
The difficult, rather amusing part was the importance to balance every element in this project. While studying the overall structure and shape, the functional meaning was equally important, as well as the sustainable implementations which required another portion of studying to understand what kind of structure would be capable of enduring the long spans, green surfaces,aggregation mechanisms, water recycling system, and the solar paneling system which will automatically open to ventilate the inside of the structure. Not to forget about finding a way to make the soil actually not fall from the curved surfaces.
Overall, i believe if i had more time on my hands the result would be better, since complex projects require more accuracy in order for them to be real. Otherwise, they are just plain concepts.
Usage: school and center of fine arts.
Location: Helwan City, 15th of May district, Egypt.
Spatial requirements: class rooms, seminar halls, exhibitions, and other required spaces for each planned division.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mE: Reading: “Dance Dance Dance” by Haruki Murakami; Listening to: Versailles -philharmonic quintet- , Vamps, Hide -with spread beaver-, Acid Black Cherry, Gackt; Watching: i dont really remember. . . .
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
mE: the amazing ZAHA HADID, who i had the honor of meeting on her seminar in cairo, Mr. Tom Wiscombe/Emergent Architecture, Mr. Renzo Piano, Mr. Toyo Ito, and Mr. Aoki Jun.