theoretical and practical design of an art studio


Siwa oasis, Egypt


studies of vernacular architecture and traditional building techniques

students of TU Stuttagt, Ain-Shams-University Cairo, ENAU Tunis

Analyse the unique construction methods in Siwa and problems of building with karsheef (raw blocks of crystalysed salty mud). To prevent the decay of structures caused by capilar water rising up, propose to build a ventilated layer over foundations to let the water evaporate before it reaches the walls. Finally, present different roof constructions to reach longer spans using palmtree wood.

Design a studio based on contrast of shapes – an optimised outer shell in cubic form compared to soft, organic curves inside, which represent the artist´s free spirit.