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Sahel Alhiyari Architects


  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
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Sahel Alhiyari (Jordanian, b.1964) of Sahel Alhiyari Architects (Jordan, est.1998) in collaboration with Sissel Tolaas (Norwegian b.1963)



Petrichor depicts the typology of courtyard house through the convention of plan-making as its main compositional conduit. It demonstrates the immense proliferation of this typology as a consistently valid space of cohabitation through its capacity of adaptation and emergence in multiple formal and spatial expressions. Such varieties, sampled through a series of engraved floor plans located at the threshold of the space summon the idea of an ancestral home, whose familiarity is further solidified by means of an olfactory layer of soil, which permeates the space to evoke a visceral and primordial connection to earth. Petrichor is a domestic fragment that proposes an archetypal response to the question of future cohabitation and its uncertainties.


The Khalid Shoman Foundation
​Ghassan Nuqul

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