The site for Wadi Philadelphia is perhaps historically, the most valuable location within the center of the city of
Amman. The city has historically emerged from this very spot. The design plan is not only a direct solution to the client’s facilities program, but is also intended to balance and rejuvenate the existing city center bringing eastern and western city dwellers together to revive the area. At the core of the architectural concept is a blending of the old, and existing profound elements at site, with the new as a resonating continuum. Beyond orienting the project components towards highlights of stunning archaeological icons and engaging the city center as a humming urbanity filled with events, the concept is a proposition that celebrates profound phenomenological weave.
The concept is a juxtaposition of a larger park, an open museum, a public market and a hotel. The park celebrates nature, whereas the open plazas in the form of subterranean carvings for open events solidify culture. The heritage public market celebrates the tactile and rituals of Jordon, while the sensual hotel offers warmth and memory.
The sunken market and the plazas are scaled as large openings to qualify as a continuation of the scale of the overall descending valley. Wide steps offer effective inviting functional and visual access to the sunken market. By submerging the market and parking into the ground the roofs become a green offering for both urban users as well as an environmental “fifth” façade to the overlooking hillside neighborhoods.
Location: Amman, Jordan
Client: wadi philadelphia
Land Area: 22,000 sq.m
Built-up Area: 70,500 sq.m