The negative space maintains integrity by claiming the larger share of the site as expansive arid landscape interrupted by two subterranean oases. The school buildings fuse unto one another and further connect through links to the other two functions; The Film/Spa Resort Hotel that includes a Film Museum and The Public Cinemas which, together, compound the capacity for film viewing during events.
RSICA is designed as a didactic building environment that intuitively teaches students much about spatial movement, different light conditions, shadows, traveling sound, visual layering and several related film making compositional considerations. The building is mostly built, indoor and outdoor, with pigmented concrete that is left natural and raw with the imprints of the wooden formwork. Some internal spaces are articulated with wooden planks as a softening strategy that also resolves acoustical challenges.
The café, which is the primary social hot spot where students and faculty spend many hours brainstorming, hovers freely above the campus capturing panoramic views of Aqaba as well as visually emulating the equivalence of a film camera panning arm in its dynamic swing over scenes.
Location: Aqaba, Jordan
Client: The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts
Land Area: 26,500 sq.m
Built-up Area: 30,000 sq.m