Civilizations have passed through Wadi Rum, a famed valley of Jordan steeped in history. This installation – designed by Anmahian Winton Architects Alex Anmahian, Mazen Sakr and Aaron Bruckerhoff – explores the idea of movement through the lens of this complex historical and geological site. By looking into the rawness in both material and idiom, of sandstone and granite striations found in the geology of the valley, the embrace/grasp that the natural space imparts on its travelers to create an inhabitable form is explored.
By bending rebar and weaving rope, an exaggerated mimicry of the valley is created, a cage-like structure where the visitor is meant to enter, slow down and engage the interiority of the space.
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