Canopy Study for Comoros Island Embassy Complex
The study for the embassy focused on the small island of Comoros needing a large sun canopy for their campus. The canopy needed to accommodate two main factors, the environment and the culture, while adapting to the programmatic needs of the campus. This adaptation resulted in a pattern that fluidly transforms across the site and unifies the various buildings of the embassy.
The island of Comoros is located off the south-east coast of Africa and is much smaller than the northern neighboring island of Madagascar at less than 800 square miles. Comoros has a tropical climate with seasons transitioning from hot and humid to hot and dry. In either season, the canopy for the campus offers protection and relief from exposure to the sun and rain. In addition, the patterning of the canopy changes density to accommodate more populated areas closer to the building entrances and plazas.
The cultural history of Comoros and the embassy is also acknowledged through the pattern work of the canopy. As a largely Muslim community, the island becomes a congenial site for the Saudi Arabian government to establish an embassy. The patterns for the canopy find roots in Islamic ornamentation. The studies for the patterns work in reverse. Rather than an additive creation, the patterning strips down the ornate to basic geometries.
However, more than study of geometry, this unveiling represents the essence of any religion or belief as universal. Thus, becoming a fitting gesture of global collaboration and peaceful foreign relations.
In collaboration with LSA