Hybrid Architecture within Najd Region, Saudi Arabia: Environmental, Cultural, Structural, and Functional Juxtapositions

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2024-02-08
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Virginia Tech
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The thesis investigates the concept of hybrid architecture as a juxtaposition of multiple architectural factors, including environmental, cultural, structural, and functional ones. The work examines the Najd region of Saudi Arabia and its historical and contemporary contexts concerning functional utility, cultural frameworks, tectonic architectural elements, and site-based environmental forces. The thesis proposes that architectural hybridity can enhance the human experience. The design project, a building combining a water purification facility with a cafe, exhibition hall, and other community functions, integrates traditional and contemporary cultural aesthetics by purposefully juxtaposing and relating: unlikely functions, temporally varied cultural forms, structural and ornamental tectonic elements, and contrasting environmental qualities.

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Hybrid - Saudi Arabia- Najdi Architecture - Environment - Culture - Structure -Function
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