a three dimensional decaying; historical research

the incomplete compositions of el muqarnas were very mysterious to me, scar some as a friend once told me, whether i was seeing them as a decaying of living thing, a differentiation of a matter, that i wanted to touch and imagine the inverse of these complicated-forms, first when i saw them i couldn’t analyze, then i understood them logic, the maximal symmetry, the depth of the concave compositions and the texture. i wanted to understand and explore this architectural feature and see what i could do of this understanding.

this post is a research on the architectural element and its similarities in different architecture styles, as an introduction to contemporary understanding of the traditional architectural element. 

the geometric islamic compositions followed the classical aesthetics values, the structuring of a unit and a repetition compositions of the same unit(s) was an important value of them.

muqarnas* is a 3 dimensional decorative unit, its function was to decorate the surface ball triangle and decorate any leveling in the interior and exterior architectural masses, in the islamic civilization.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 1.28.05 AM– muqarnas* is a 3 dimensional application for the 2d geometric patterns through the arch as the third dimension element.

– the form of muqarnas is similar to the intersected vaults, which is an architectural element that has a structural function.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 1.28.19 AM– the intersected vaults system was developed in the gothic architecture -european medieval era- , and they used the flying buttresses as a structure element.

Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 1.28.34 AM– the flying buttresses system was developed to the trusses -when the industrial revolution was able to process the steel in a wide range-which is a structural system enables the building to contain wide clear spaces without internal columns to carry the ceiling.


Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 1.28.54 AM

DO YOUR MUQARNAS* A Practical Introduction to Muqarnas by ERIC BROUG 


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