Horizontal Void House
The “horizontal void” is a metaphor for loss; an institutionalized deprivation in the spirit and body of the city located on a flat land full of obsolete and dilapidated buildings and rusty gable roofs, which was surrounded by a horizontal void landscape between the sea and the sky. The house is a temporary coastal accommodation, which was designed with the goal of reconnecting with this horizontal landscape, meaning a communication at three levels of sensory perception, including visual (landscape of the beach and the sea), auditory (silence with the pure tone of waves), and tactile (light and monotonous breeze), which was gradually stripped from all openings of the house of the permanent residence in the city by newly built building blocks. Blocks with monochromatic side views without opening and fully covered with galvanized sheets turned the pervasive and ubiquitous landscape into a paranormal thing, which could only be reached at the cost of competition for ascending the higher altitude in vertical and dense structures.
The site of the project is a tract or parcel of land with a width of 6 meters and a length of 37 meters in the north-south direction, which is located from the north side (6 meters from the sides) overlooking the coast and at a distance of 80 meters from the sea, in the middle of which is an old tree and two separate covered huts with a semi-ruined condition on both sides, which was used to be an accommodation for passengers; a strip in the middle of a row of identical plots with a one- to two-story residential use with a relatively disordered texture in the vicinity of the ruins of an old lodging house. The primary strength of the site was the feasibility of direct and flush communication from the north side with the beach and the sensory qualities of the vast flat view. The plan was uncomplicated; i.e. the substitution of a new unified shelter at the lowest expenses with masonry manner benefiting from the local workforce on the footprint of the worn rooms. It could be a room for gatherings in the simplest case, and a flexible one-bedroom house with the possibility of turning into two semi-private spaces that provide the likelihood of simultaneous residence of two couples for a short time in the ideal case.