Thresholds can be described as recognizable diffusers of transition. Thresholds ray to our memory and our unconscious understanding of movement. These visible and invisible elements dictate our perception of space, time, movement, direction, and choice.
Al-Balad, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A city defined by its ever-changing environment, challenges of continues overlap of different information, cultures and legislation bring to light the hard path in researching one’s own true belonging. This project analyses the boundaries, both visible and invisible, in the social and political realm. Through the analysis of conviviality, equality and social rights, the project attempts in finding the limits and possibilities in a spatial environment that lives through the in-between. The project stems from the analysis of the demolition and over development crisis happening in Jeddah, through the limits of legislative and social realms.
Through a both literal and visual research, the project looks at designing a momentum – a spatial environment that works as bridge between the known past, the living present, and the untold future. Designed to stand on the limit of the UNESCO world Heritage Buffer zone, the outcome of the project is to design a multi-purpose spatial environment, ranging from prayer rooms to gathering places, where through visible and invisible elements the users will be able to remember the past, absorb the present, and discover the future, along territorial and legislative boundaries.