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Bedouin-inspired ‘Nomad Pavilion’ designed to create shelter and collect water in Jordanian desert

Designed by architects Dina Haddadin and Rasem Kamal, the ‘Nomad Pavilion’ is a concept for a tent-like pavilion that would create shelter and serve as a water tower in the deserts of Jordan.

Made from Corten steel pipes and woven goat hair, the architecture of the hybrid structure was informed by indigenous Bedouin tents as well as Jordan’s national flower — the black iris.

“The main vision is to create a new interpretation of the authentic tent, a structure that blends with its surrounding yet stands out as a calling sanctuary for visitors in the nomads’ lands; to become a shaded oasis, a gathering rest spot and source of fresh drinking water,” the architects said in a statement.

The design requires 96 steel pipes, that would be held together by knotted rope made from natural fibres in a complex geometric formation.

Circular in plan, the pavilion is flared at the base and narrows towards the top, where a ring holds the poles together.

“The overlapping triangular petals meet at the top creating a round aperture that is open to the sky, covered with a dense fibre net that allows air to escape from the interior during summer, but not for rainwater in winter,” the architects added.

A cone made from fabric that boasts hydrophilic and hydrophobic qualities, would harvest fresh drinking water from rain and fog and drains the water to an underground holding tank. The water would be accessible via a basin that sits in the centre of the structure and serve as a fountain in the summer and in the winter, it would double as a fire pit to warm the space within the structure.

Helping provide shade, the steel pipes feature panels made of coarsely woven goat hair.

“It is a permeable space serving as a monument that blends with nature in its form and materiality,” said the architects. “As a result of using local natural materials, water collection and energy efficient space, the pavilion attempts to create a closed loop of existence – one that leaves no footprint, one that gives nature time to heal, to regrow, and to flourish.”

According to Dezeen, Haddadin and Kamal are in talks with investors and are working with consultants to test the structure. They hope to build a prototype in Jordan and find a sponsor to take the pavilion to Milan Design Week 2019.

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