I loved seeing AH and BJ's photos of Alhambra (which in Arabic is actually الْحَمْرَاء Al-Ḥamrā: the red one - didn't know that previously but that makes so much more sense now! Flashback to Arabic lessons on colour words). In particular the ceiling of the king's bedchamber was...well...stunning, to say the least.

© Amanda Hendry, 2010.

I have decided to post up some work from Special Topics 542: Ways of Making with Errol. Try to get your head around this! For this unit I decided to look at مقرنص muqarnas (Arabic: stalactite vault) because I had picked up this book about the Topkapi Scroll in second year and decided I loved it.

(Incidentally I greatly admire Gülru Necipoğlu, though I know hardly anything about her, except that I now know she is female and seemingly brilliant. When I was last in Singapore I saw a book titled The age of Sinan :architectural culture in the Ottoman Empire and desperately wanted to purchase it but decided to control myself and instead ask the library to order it. They have only JUST got in (I have been checking every few weeks) and I am going to get it out TOMORROW after I hand in my dissertation.)

Anyway, this is the original design I chose to attempt from:
Al-Asad, M. "The muqarnas: a geometric analysis." In Necipoglu, G. The Topkapi scroll: geometry and ornament in Islamic architecture. Santa Monica: The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1995.

Below is my attempt at modelling it in ArchiCAD. Click the images to view them larger. In the second image, the process is shown on the left from the bottom up, though in the top left is the key to everything - the proportions of the section.  Sorry this is a bit faint - can post close-ups if anyone is interested.

© Hannah Gosling, 2009.

© Hannah Gosling, 2009.


AJH said...

The Alhambra is pronounced very similar in spanish as the H is silent and the a is an 'ar', so is the Arlarmbrar, in phonetics for english.

HG said...

That's interesting, the H in Arabic is a heavy H rather than a soft H. The A at the end is a long one but followed by a glottal stop, so alHamraa'.

othmani houssam said...

this is so interesting good job ;)

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