Baghdad Design Centre
INTO THE PAST, THE ROOTS OF THE FUTURE
The project proposal aims to bring back to light the city’s cultural heritage that has been disrespected during the past centuries.
In particular, it aims to represent Baghdad’s strength to resist and rise from recent abuses, communicating to the world its cultural identity through innovative architecture.
The entire project is composed of two distinguishable sections: the basement and the tower’s body. The former develops within the skin of the old Baghdad Governorate building, respecting its boundaries and mathericity; the latter rises over the surrounding roofs with its parametric shape belonging to contemporary design.
While the basement shows an introvert setting and is constrained within the density of the city (both characteristics typical of Baghdad), the tower stands free and extroverted, shimmering in light and visible from afar.
Finally, the basement hosts public functions to recompose and strengthen Baghdad’s social life, with the tower then elevating creative research proper to design activities.
The dualism portrayed above, is meant to respect the brief’s concept of a true fusion of the old and the new. Through a building that, simultaneously and according to the project’s requirements, maintains the city’s history and heritage layers. It composes a landmark that stands out of the city’s skyline.
For this last aspect, in particular, we have intended the Baghdad Design Centre competition as an incredible opportunity for Iraq’s capital to return to play its rightful role in International Architecture.