‘Where there is much light, the shadow is deep’. Goethe

There is a vast difference between architecture that focuses on trying to catch the light and architecture that seeks to screen and filter it. The streets of old Jeddah are full of examples of traditional buildings, constructed of locally quarried coral blocks, whose openings are overlaid by intricately carved, hardwood latticework or rawashin. As well as converting direct sunlight into gently stippled radiance, these projecting balconies are designed to catch the evening breezes.


Harikleia Karamali, Charlotte Moe