Commissioned by Arts University Bournemouth for The British Council, this project saw pairs of female students from Arts University Bournemouth and Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, working together remotely to develop and create a concept design on the theme of ‘Transformation’.
With architecture graduate Lyan Shehatah, we produced plans for an educational, interactive seafront shelter that could share culture and heritage from both of our countries.
With intentions of being constructed on both Bournemouth and Jeddah seafronts facing one another, QR codes on each shelter could be scanned to show live panoramic views from the partner location.
Composed of aluminium and wood, the shelters would feature cut-out screens (mashrabiya) adorned with bespoke designs: a traditional geometric Arabic pattern, and a unique Victorian wallpaper design inspired by plant life from the New Forest.
Beach shelters and mashrabiya both represent historic architecture that is now frequently seen falling into disrepair - this contemporary meeting hopes to pay homage and remind the public of the value of these decorative structures in our communities.
This concept was presented to both universities and The British Council on March 7th, 2022.