Zemalka is a Syrian town belonging to the Duma region in the province of Damascus. It is very close to the capital Damascus, 10 kilometers east of the capital. It is part of Al Ghouta (the urban extension of the capital). Zemalka was one of the most beautiful cities of the Damascus countryside, which was almost completely destroyed during the war. In the latest statistics of the population of the city in 2012, the population was more than 150 thousand people.
The project included renovation of six existing buildings and intervention of tow destroyed buildings as well as development of a public spaces and infrastructure. We are focusing on innovation, environmental qualities and compliance with the Multi Comfort criteria, and the ability to integrate with the climate and environment. we aiming in this design for a more sustainable, inclusive, and beautiful city for further and addresses urban regeneration by focusing on public spaces throughout the city.
The project involved an in-depth study and analysis of Zamalka city and the existing site to establish goals for integrating the design within its context before proposing a multi-layered co-living development. “Co. Living” includes copious amenities for residents, including public green areas, a vegetable garden, green roof, and relaxation spaces.
We create a unit (frame box) to be adaptive to the deformation of the existing buildings and to provide the ECO system for the new post-war city.
To create a new system of living that will start with temporary, adaptive building structures that have the tendency to grow with time.
Electric turbine generator and become permanent structures that will eventually enhance:
Self-sufficiency / Green spaces / Plantings / Sustainability / Social life / Adaptable facade system / Solar system / Connection between the buildings /recycle water system / Rehabilitation centers for the residents.
The project proposes living space with different levels of privacy and public access. The “Social rooftop” connects the eight buildings with a series of intertwined plaza spaces, spreading resources and amenities throughout. Green space and plantings are prominent features both within and between building elements.
“The project is really connected with the rest of the neighborhood to create a social place and to provide a comfortable and affordable space to live for the people of Zamalka.
The project could become a landmark in the quarter, creating a new, recognizable identity for the Zamalka area and increasing the quality of everyday life.
Ziwar Al Nouri
Lilian Al Waa