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UNRWA

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.
The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.
UNRWA is unique in terms of its long-standing commitment to one group of refugees. It has contributed to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees, defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.” The descendants of Palestine refugee males, including legally adopted children, are also eligible for registration.
UNRWA services are available to all those living in its areas of operations who meet this definition, who are registered with the Agency and who need assistance. When the Agency began operations in 1950, it was responding to the needs of about 750,000 Palestine refugees. Today, some 5 million Palestine refugees are eligible for UNRWA services.

Project selected for Archmarathon: RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON


RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON

UNRWA

Photos courtesy of UNRWA

RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON

UNRWAarchmarathonUNRWA
Bir Hassan, Beirut (opp. Sports City), Beirut 1107 2060, Lebanon
www.unrwa.org
Category:
Mixed Tenure Housing and Buildings
Project selected:
RECONSTRUCTION OF NAHR EL BARED PALESTINE REFUGEE CAMP IN NORTHERN LEBANON
Location:
Tripoli, Lebanon
Year:
2011

During 2007 clashes between the militant group Fatah Al-Islam and the Lebanese Armed Forces resulted in the destruction of Nahr el-Bared Camp (NBC) in Northern Lebanon.
The Vienna donor conference was held to mobilise funds for the reconstruction of the area: the aim of this project is to rebuild all of the former residences, commercial areas, UNRWA facilities, and infrastructure that existed in the camp prior to the crisis.
UNRWA has established the following objectives of the reconstruction process:
• The reconstruction of NBC, UNRWA Compound and of residential and non-residential units in the same neighborhood pattern as before, with common area improvements and infrastructural installations.
• The improvement of residential units from their previous formulation, allowing proper ventilation and open public space.
• The re-housing of all those Palestine refugee families who lived in the camp prior to its destruction in 2007.
• The reconstruction of the UNRWA Compound with its various services and installations at its former location adjacent to the sea.
To ensure that the reconstruction process included input from the local community, UNRWA enlisted the support of the Nahr el-Bared Reconstruction Commission for Civil Action and Studies (NBRC). After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with NBRC in mid-2008, NBRC volunteers and UNRWA architects began mapping every house as it existed in NBC prior to the conflict. This information became the basis of the reconstruction plan.


THULA FORT RESTORATION

ABDULLAH AL-HADRAMI

Photos courtesy of Abdullah Al-Hadrami

THULA FORT RESTORATION

ABDULLAH AL-HADRAMIarchmarathonABDULLAH AL-HADRAMI

Category:
Landscape and Public Spaces
Project selected:
THULA FORT RESTORATION
Location:
Thula, Amran, Yemen
Year:
2011

Thula is a small town fortified by a stone wall 1,162 meters in length and constructed of oblique, yellow sand stone. Twenty-six watch towers of varying shapes intersect the town wall, as well as four main gates. After the revolution of 1962, the town needed additional openings in the perimeter wall to access a road which had been recently built.
Urbanization was underway along the new road in the north east section of the old town until the project was realized in October 2003.
The goals of the project were to protect and save the numerous constructed and natural elements: agriculture terraces, catchments with traditional water channels, cisterns and burial sites. Additionally, the project sought to protect the cultural landscape, and to create jobs and provide local household income through the work of rehabilitating the large site.
During the rehabilitation work of the old stepped road from the lower gate, which was discovered in the course of project execution, to the upper gate of the fortress in 2009-2010, team members uncovered a complex of previously unknown buildings. The construction details show a gate with all of its annexes, towers, entry points with arches, pathways, walls, stairs and climbing passages. The rehabilitation and restoration project at least unlocks some of the mysteries of this historic site, expanding the world’s knowledge of the Sabaean kingdom and adding valuable information to the history of the ancient Arabia Felix and its rich cultural heritage.


ABDULLAH AL-HADRAMI

Abdu Allah al-Hadhrami is an architect and specialist in the conservation and reuse of historic buildings and mastering of training building crafts. He has extensive experience for the last 24 years with managerial and coordination of the international donors projects, and counterpart for different projects as project architect or as advisor. His experience include as project architect, for the Private Sectors , Government agencies, Social Fund for Development and the Cultural Heritage Protection Project (Project) Preparation Unit (as part of the World Bank Projects in Yemen) with particular reference to the area needed interventions in the three World Heritage Listed Cites, in addition to the institutional, management issues related to the preservation, in the documentation of historical buildings in another parts of Yemen, and a field research and drafting construction detailing, drawing documents and restoration of historical buildings and monuments.
He participated in numerous international workshops outside Yemen in the field of conservation and Archaeology. He is a private architect for historic site analysis and development of new use for number of buildings and restoration of those buildings and monuments in the old city of Sana’a and other part of capital Sana’a like Bir al-Azab and Bir al-Shams areas, Dar al-Hajjar Wadi Dahar, Kholan and Rawdah; Wadi Hadhramout, Zabid, Jiblah and Eden and Shibam Kawkaban.

Main projects:
Restoration of north city wall and the Birkat al-Miah – Thula, Yemen – 2012
Restoration of the mosque – Zabid, Yemen – 2012
Restoration of the mosque of Shibam Kawkaban – Shibam Kawkaban, Yemen – 2012
New building of the resident of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies Center – San’a al-Qa’a, Yemen – 2010
Restoration of Bab al-Qurtub (Centre for Family production of Handcrafts) – Zabid, Yemen – 2008
Restoration of Beit Enqad (Former British Council) – al-Bonia, Bir al-Azab, San’a Yemen – 2006
Rebuilding of the landscape of inner court of the national museum – San’a, Yemen – 2006
Restoration of the Dar al-Hajjar Palace 1728AD, Wadi Dhahar, Yemen – 2006
Restoration of 25 houses medium intervention – San’a, Yemen – 2006

Project selected for Archmarathon: THULA FORT RESTORATION


JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL

ALNASSER + PARTNERS

Photos courtesy of Photo Hagop, Safwan Alnasser

JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL

ALNASSER + PARTNERSarchmarathonALNASSER + PARTNERS
Al Habaniyah St 18, 11195, Jordan
www.alnasserpartners.com
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL
Location:
Aqab, Jordan
Year:
2012

The JP-Jets VIP terminal is a terminal for private jets built on a 10,000 m² piece of land in the coastal city of Aqaba in the south of Jordan. The project brief called for a built-up area of around 1,500 m² to accommodate a terminal with a receiving area, traveler lounges, and overnight accommodation for pilots, administrative facilities and services.
The project’s dynamic form evolved as a response to the surrounding context, producing a landmark building. The structure is composed of two contrasting masses; a glazed rectangular mass with a dramatic angular concrete skin wrapped around it. The rectangular mass, fully glazed and overlooking the airport apron and mountainous desert landscape, is related to the traveler and hence the more public elements of the building. Thus, it houses the lounges on the ground floor. The concrete skin, a two storey structure with slits of glazed openings, is related to the services and more private elements of the building.
The rectangular mass’s straight lines signify the patterns of human interventions in the desert area whilst the concrete skin’s sharp-edged surfaces reflect the rough lines of the mountains back dropping the project. The resulting structure is perceived as a sculptural landmark in the relatively rural landscape both from the air and on the ground.
With a form unprecedented in the surrounding context, the project required innovative, non-traditional methods of execution.


ALNASSER + PARTNERS

An architectural and engineering firm founded in 2002. alnasser + partners has over 50 professionals working in the domains of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and infra-structure design; with projects spreading in various countries in the Middle East.
Located in Amman Jordan, alnasser + partners aim to provide superior architecture and engineering solutions derived from the physical, environmental and cultural context, seeking a sense of beauty, proportion, while conserving its functionality, and individuality.

Main projects:
Alnasser + Partners – Amman, Jordan – 2013
Amman Arab University-Amman, Jordan – 2012
Jpjets VIP Terminal- Aqaba, Jordan – 2012
Abujaber Commercial Building – Amman, Jordan – 2011
Habiba Sweets Restaurant and Showroom Interior – Amman, Jordan – 2011
Jpjets VIP terminal – Amman, Jordan – 2011
ACT Operations and Workshop Building – Aqaba, Jordan – 2011
Phase IV residence Tala Bay – Aqaba, Jordan – 2011
Crowne Plaza Renovation – Amman, Jordan – 2010
ACT Administration Building – Amman, Jordan – 2010
Alashmal Office Building – Amman, Jordan – 2009
Overseas Office Building – Amman, Jordan – 2009
Nova Furniture Showroom – Amman, Jordan – 2009
Holiday Inn – Dead Sea, Jordan – 2008
Tala Bay Middle Area – Aqaba, Jordan – 2008
Union Tobacco – Amman, Jordan – 2008
Central Laundry Tala bay- Aqaba, Jordan – 2007
Albaraka Mall- Amman, Jordan – 2007
Alquds College and Training Center – Amman, Jordan – 2007
Albader Interior – Amman, Jordan – 2006
UITC Offices Interior – Amman, Jordan – 2006
Auto Office Building – Amman, Jordan – 2005
Jordan Insurance Company – Amman, Jordan – 2005
Rubicon Offices – Amman, Jordan – 2005
Saudi Military Attache – Amman, Jordan – 2004
Italian Hospital Clinics – Amman, Jordan – 2003
Sukhtian Group Offices – Amman, Jordan – 2003
Kalha Stores – Amman, Jordan – 2003
Galaxy Offices – Amman, Jordan – 2002

Project work in progress:
Crowne Plaza Resort – Petra, Jordan
Studio M Hotel – Riyadh, K.S.A.
Millennium Hotel North Gate – Riyadh, K.S.A.
Abdali Gateway Mixed-Use Complex – Amman, Jordan
Izzat Marji Showroom and Offices – Amman, Jordan
Alghalib Headquarter – Amman, Jordan

 

Project selected for Archmarathon: JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL


RING-ROAD

MODUS ARCHITECTS

Photos courtesy of Andrea Pertoldeo, Leonhard Angerer

RING-ROAD

MODUS ARCHITECTSarchmarathonMODUS ARCHITECTS
via Fallmerayer 7, 39042 Bressanone, Italy
www.modusarchitects.com
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
RING-ROAD
Location:
Bressanone – Varna, Italy
Year:
2012

The 5km long ring-road that bypasses the historic city-center of Bressanone was planned in an effort to avoid congestion, reduce pollution, and to facilitate access from the north to the light industrial area south of the town. The design brief called for a series of interventions (tunnel portals, retaining walls, acoustic barrier walls, service substations, mechanical structures, ventilation chimneys, and various signage elements) along the entire tract and is guided by two simple design decisions. Firstly, the above and below ground elements were conceptualized into a unified, consequential design approach and were calibrated to accommodate the peculiarities of the immediate site conditions. Secondly, the Bressanone and Varna tracts of the ring road were pulled together into one continuum whereby the two townships are no longer conceived as distinct contexts but rather two parts of a larger whole.
Research into the reconfiguration of commonly used materials in the road-building industry looked for new solutions to better address these environmental concerns while exploring new ways to put together very simple, low-cost materials that could bridge the gap in scale and overcome the difficulties in building in close proximity to the small scale buildings of Bressanone. The two-pronged chimney answers the technical requisites for the tunnel ventilation with a sculptural element.


MODUS ARCHITECTS

Sandy Attia and Matteo Scagnol partner as MoDus Architects in the year 2000 after having completed their graduate studies at Harvard University. The studio distinguishes itself by its heterogeneous approach to the field of architecture, combining the two different cultural and formative backgrounds into one platform for design ideas. Completed projects range in scale from infrastructure, to buildings, to objects within the buildings, and include public, institutional and private commissions. In recent years the practice has gone on to complete a number of critically acclaimed projects, including the Bressanone-Varna Ring road, the Pre-School, Kindergarten and Family Center in Bolzano, and the Kostner House and Studio in Castelrotto—projects all located in the South Tyrol region of Italy. Subsequent to a series of national and international accolades, several new projects with a wider geographic reach are currently underway, marking a shift in their scope of work.

Main projects:
Building the Expo – Tongji University – Shangai, Cina – 2015
Building the Expo – Expo, Fiera Rho-Pero – Milan, Italy – 2015
Renovation and extension of Manzoni School – Bressanone, Italya – 2014
School complex, elementary school and district library – Bolzano, Italy – 2014
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre – Bolzano, Italy – 2014
Camali Clinic (adolscent Child and Mental Health Clinic) – Dubai Health Care City, Dubai UAE – 2014
Expo 2015: an environment laboratory, Expo Section, Italian Pavilion, Italy – 2014
International Architecture Exhibition. The Venice Biennale – Venice, Italy – 2014
Expansion and renovation of the school building in Merano – Merano, Italy – 2014
House-Atelier Kostner (Costner House and Studio) – Castelrotto, Italy – 2013
Renovation and expansion of the Maso (Landmann Farmhouse) – Renon, Italy – 2013
Renovation and Expansion of Ora’s Primary School – Ora, Italy – 2013
House Neumair-Kofler – Caldaro, Italy – 2013
Childhood complex. Nursery, Kindergarten and Family Center, Firmian area – Bolzano, Italy – 2012
New headquarters and Damiani Holz & Ko offices extension – Bressanone, Italy – 2012
Projects competition of the Alpine huts in Tyrol, Bressanone Hall Forum, International Mountain Summit – Italy – 2012
Reviewing Barth. The work of the re-read by 13 photographers, Ex-Astra – Bressanone, Italy – 2012
Collectors of hot water for heating network district – Bressanone, Italy – 2012
Ring Bressanone-Varna (Ringroad / Bypass) – Bressanone, Varna, Italy – 2012
Cooperative Sirius (apartmenthouse) – Milland, Bressanone, Italy – 2012
House Hahnberg – Bressanone, Italy – 2011

Project work in progress:
Offices, requalification and expansion – Chiasso, Switzerland – 2016
Residential Complex – Arzo, Switzerland – 2016
Pedestrian underpass-exhibition gallery to the Brenner motorway, the A22, the Brenner Pass – Italy – 2016
Private House – Mellaun, Italy – 2016
Myre Cooperative – Bolzano, Italy – 2016
Renovation and Expansion of Wasserman multi-family house – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Circonvallazione Bressanone-Varna – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Redevelopment of the historic center of San Michele – San Michele, Appiano, Italy – 2016
New Bridge to St. Andrew – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Renovation and Expansion of Ex-Astra, Ex-Barilla – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Expansion and Renovation of Elementary School, multipurpose room and Nursery School – S. Andrea, Italy – 2016
Pedestrian underpass – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Expansion of Regional catering college Emma Hellensteiner – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Energy improvement of Schoolhouse WFO – Brunico, Italy – 2016
Demolition and rebuilding of Ice Bridge Refuge – Mühlwald-Lappach, Italy – 2015
Renovation and Expansion of Multifamily House – Natz, Italy – 2015
House in the mountains – La Villa, Val Badia – Italy – 2015

 

Project selected for Archmarathon: RING-ROAD


CASA-PORT RAILWAY STATION

AREP

Photos courtesy of Didier Boy de La Tour, Christophe Iliou, Etienne Tricaud

CASA-PORT RAILWAY STATION

AREParchmarathonAREP
16 Avenue d’Ivry, 75647 - Paris cedex 13, France
www.arep.fr
Category:
Transport
Project selected:
CASA-PORT RAILWAY STATION
Location:
Casablanca, Morocco
Year:
2014

The construction of the new Casa-Port railway station is part of an overall urban remodelling plan for a district located on the edge of the port of Casablanca, linking the old city to the north of the urban area. The project is also designed to keep pace with the growth in rail traffic anticipated by Moroccan Railways (ONCF).
This transport hub comprises a large passenger hall opening onto a wide square to the south-west and the platforms to the south-east, a shopping centre located on the lower level of the hall, an underground car park on two levels, and an office building parallel to the platforms.
Taking into account the predominance of commuter travel and the simultaneous nature of peak traffic flows (incoming and outgoing), the passenger hall has been designed for full access to the platform concourse. The hall contains all the services required by travellers, including a prayer room away from bustle and noise. A wide central opening provides access to a lower level which will accommodate the shopping centre, food court areas, and the underground car park.
The architecture of the station hall is characterized by its roof, a wide canopy extending beyond the façades to jut out over the square, and its supporting columns, which open out at the top to allow light to enter the building through openings in the roof. On the west side, facing the city, a contemporary moucharaby system filters the strong afternoon sunlight without obstructing the view.

Project in collaboration with Groupe 3 Architectes.


AREP

AREP is a multidisciplinary organisation designing spaces for cities on the move. Founded in 1997 within SNCF (national rail operator) by Jean-Marie Duthilleul and Etienne Tricaud (both architects and engineers), AREP works on different scales going from large metropolitan areas and cities to individual buildings and street furniture.
Our team of 680 people, bringing together more than 15 nationalities, consists of architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, economists, architectural programming consultants and construction operations managers. We offer our expertise in all areas of urban planning and construction: multimodal hubs and railway stations, public amenities, offices, hotels and housing, shopping centres and technical facilities.
Both in France and abroad, we support city dwellers in their everyday life by designing spaces which meet their needs and aspirations while devoting special attention to the uses, history, geography and culture of the sites as well as the sustainable development of territories.

Main projects:
New Casa-Port railway station, Morocco – 2014
Montpellier multimodal transport hub – Montpellier, France – 2014
Aix-en-Provence bus station – Aix-en-Provence, France – 2014
Turin Porta Susa railway station – Turin, Italy – 2012
Redevelopment of the forecourt of the railway station – Luxembourg – 2012
2 new stations on the Rhin-Rhône high speed train line – Belfort and Besançon, France – 2011
Revamp of the former hospital into a residential development – Auxerre, France – 2011
Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – 2010
New Wuhan railway station – New Wuhan, China – 2009
Computing Centre of the Agricultural Bank of China – Shanghai, China – 2007
Beijing History Museum – Beijing, China – 2006
Shanghai South railway station – Shanghai, China – 2006
3 stations on the Méditerranée high-speed train line – Valence, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, France – 2001
Underground stations of the RER E line (suburban express line) – Paris, France – 1999

Project work in progress:
Juvisy-sur-Orge station – Juvisy-sur-Orge, France
Pont-de-Sèvres station – Paris, France
Rennes station – Rennes, France
Nanterre multimodal hub – Nanterre, France
Rosa Parks station – Paris, France
Versailles-Chantier multimodal hub – Versailles, France
Design of 6 stations of the metro line on the occasion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup – Doha, Qatar
Masterplan of the innovation centre for new technologies – Skolkovo, Russia
Urban studies for the design of a sustainable city – Wuhan, China
Tangier high speed train (TGV) maintenance depot – Tangier, Morocco

 

Project selected for Archmarathon: CASA-PORT RAILWAY STATION