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Michel Rojkind
The rocker of mecixan architecture
Bija Gutoff, October 15, 2007
Michel Rojkind
Michel Rojkind
 
The assignment: to design a nearly three million square foot cultural, educational and commercial center that plays a key role in a long-range plan to boost tourism. The center is to contain a hotel, exhibition spaces, an architecture and design school, concert halls, cinemas, a children’s museum, library, offices, restaurants and a mosque. The multi-use venue will occupy a dramatic oceanfront site. Rojkind’s design, created on the Mac and presented to the client as a video edited in Final Cut Pro, is both contemporary and subtle. “I was influenced by the dusky colors of the city, the women in veils, and the whole notion of what lies behind something,” he says. “I wanted it to have a homogeneous feel, as if it grew from the desert site.”

Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
 
Michel Rojkind_Ajma Marina
Michel Rojkind_Ajma Marina
 
His approach divides the center into three organic-looking forms that rise like rocks on the location. “When you talk about a project this huge,” says Rojkind, “you imagine that it will have a big-city feel — buildings with flashy skins and colors and topologies.”

Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
 
Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
 
But that’s not how Rojkind saw it. He lifted his rock-like structures to create shadows on the plazas below, designed thematic bioclimatic courtyards and roof gardens, and enveloped his buildings in airy skins, conceived with contemporary artist Antonio Sánchez. “Based on Antonio’s knowledge of fractal geometry, applied to Islamic motifs, we designed these flowing, translucent, pre-cast concrete forms,” explains Rojkind. “They look perforated, and they let in lots of light.”

Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
Michel Rojkind_Ajman Marina
 
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