Architekten Wannenmacher & Möller GmbH

The People’s Assembly of Syrian Arabic Republic, Damaskus 2007

The design aims to provide a structure of great significance to emphasise the importance of the People’s Assembly as a central pillar of the Syrian Arab Republic. The building is not, however, striving to make a radical break from architecture in the Syrian capital but rather aims to achieve a subtle and continual development process from the past and into the future with the transformation of Syria’s historical architectural elements into a contemporary architectural language.

The People’s Assembly building comprises two structures: a four-storey, elongated block and a 20-storey tower. The low structure forms an urban space together with the old parliament building, producing a distance to the new structure that underlines its importance. The tower, on the other hand, aims to provide a symbol that is easily recognisable from within the urban centre and from the neighbouring mountains.

Its glass skin on the inside of the double layered façade is wrapped by a closely woven metal structure to protect the glass façade from direct sunlight. Besides the arabesque structure of the metal skin aims to anchor the building in the traditional Arab culture.

URBAN STRUCTURE
SITE PLAN
GROUND FLOOR
1. FLOOR
2. FLOOR
3. FLOOR
4-12. FLOOR (HIGH RISE PLANS)
-1 -3. UNDERGROUND
LONG SECTION
CROSS SECTION
SOUTHEAST ELEVATION
NORDWEST ELEVATION
SOUTHWEST ELEVATION
NORTHEAST ELEVATION