Albeit on a much more grandiose scale, the Central
Atrium of the Arab Organizations Headquarters Building
functions much as the traditional hoash or central courtyard of classic Arab
house design. It serves as a common ground for the building's occupants and visitors... a
comfortable area for socialization and interaction.
Imagine the feeling of lightness created by nine stories of
pure air in the core of the building. The sky seems to stretch endlessly upward,
unhindered by the large glass skylight in the ceiling and the
enormous suspended glass wall on the north east.
Here we see many of the traditional features. The majestic Egyptian Mashrabiya towers a full nine stories high. Lush
vegetation and central trees (each over 40 years old) provide
additional shade. The Syrian fountain adds soothing water
music. The marble floor repeats the geometric star
patterns of the skylight and fountain.
Yet this is a thoroughly modern building with careful attention
to every detail. Even in the vastness of the Atrium all areas are
thoroughly accessible for maintenance.
To one side of the courtyard is a coffee
area, with tables and chairs where one can sit and enjoy the Central Atrium's
For more information about these details, click on individual
areas of the picture above, or on the highlighted text links.
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