Feel the light under the yerevan bridge

Feel the light under the yerevan bridge

Daylight in buildings - Region 2: Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Sandra attieh

Holy Spirit University of Kaslik


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“Light belongs to the heart and spirit. Light attracts people, it shows the way, and when we see it in the distance, we follow it.” By Ricardo Legorreta – ArchitectI started with this quote which clearly explains how light is connected to the soul to create architecture.Indeed my goal is to feel the light, to bring life to this place, to revive space, to attract inhabitants and visitors, and to redefine a sub-space souk, all this is done through the darkness. This contradiction between light and darkness changes the philosophy of light in architecture. I explain it by added a photo of a lamp : the soul is attracted by light, as insects are attracted to a lamp, visitors are also attracted to these luminous towers.

I chose the Yerevan bridge in bourj hammoud, Lebanon where the space is totally dark. My journey begins from this darkness to feel the light that creates space. This space has become an upgraded souk to leave the main space free on the one hand and on the other to experience a new luminous journey through the luminous towers.

The luminous towers define a souk with three functions: towers for artists, towers for jewelers and towers for tailors.Reading the program is readable by the external appearance of the architecture, i.e. the towers for the artists have colored lighting differently from the other two towers.My idea is not only to bring back the light but also to attract the soul and relive it in this dead space.

The question that arises: how do these towers work?For the outer wall of the volume I used polycarbonate material, the cubic volumes are totally transparent. Inside, I made a void with a mirror material and from above “a lightcacher dome”. Many studies are made for this dome which works by a developed method: it captures the light (after we place it in a lighted area), absorbs a large quantity of natural light, stores it for a maximum duration to diffuse it on maximum distance and space.