the following is another project of my professional experience for architecture branding and environment identity design. my main task, which is displayed hereafter, was to conceptualize the interior architectural spaces of an the pilgrimage dedicated terminal in Blaise Daigne airport. My task mainly tackled all the visuals displayed hereafter, however it is important to mention that the architectural drawings were not done by me.
The meaning of El Hajj traces back to the mythology of “Adam & Eve”; the residence in Heaven & the commitment of the Original Sin. It is the beginning of the up most struggles between Good and Evil, the struggles to reach salvation.
Redemption is the only way back. El hajj is the pilgrimage approach in Mecca in search for this redemption, purification of the soul and the absolution of sins. Its purpose is to tighten the relation between the pilgrim and God.
The terminal reflects a transitional journey where the traveler will experience piety & holiness in reach of purification. It is an experience of a space being the starting point & reflecting the
destination point for this pilgrimage journey, where one’s state of mind is set to reach higher level of faith, an inner reconcili- ation peace. When the pilgrims reach the Hajj terminal, they will live an evolving mood from the heavy sins to the feeling of serenity, peace, spirituality & piousness…
The internal elements constituting the terminal are incorporat- ed in a transitional manner symbolizing the aim of this spiritual journey: As the travelers evolve into the space, they will sense the alteration of washing out their sins & deeds. This ceremony is represented in the gradation of monochromatic colors from black to white, and the metamorphosis of a pure square sym- bol of geometric perfection. These colors are extracted from the meaning assigned to them & their significant representa- tion in the holy city & its pilgrims (white dresscode).
The incorporation of a water feature is essential since it’s a branded symbol of purification and life referring to “Zamzam” water; its soft sound & location at the entrance brings up the feeling of silence that the arriving pilgrim need. It is the es- sence of life. The spiral shapes ascending from it to the ceiling elevates this purity to God. The floor is set on the Quebla direction in order to serve for prayers & it is studied to lead the focal point of the traveler’s eye to the boarding pass. Through the floor, the prayers progress to the walls linking earth with sky & generating the ascended true faith to the ceiling, in another meaning god. The iconic panels located on the walls will refer to the heavenly garden as well as the Senegalese local forests.
This ascending faith when reached the ceiling is transformed into rays of light radiating on the space, a metaphor of the sun, the most effective element in nature