Geometric Modeling &
Scientific Visualization Center


Student Competition

Brise soleil*

We encourage all students from universities from the ARAB region to explore methods for innovative geometrical
exploration of the traditional Islamic and/or Arabian forms of sun filtering architecture. The exploration should
respond to an example of your choice.


Winning Entry

Khaled Abd El Gawad


Khaled Abd El Gawad Poster

Mashrabiya is the Arabic term given to a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework located on the second storey of a building or higher. The mashrabiy is an element of traditional Arabic architecture used since the middle ages up to the mid twentieth century. Mashrabiyas were mostly used in houses and palaces although sometimes in public buildings such as hospitals, inns, schools and government buildings. There are different types of Mashrabiyas. Most Mashrabiyas are closed where the latticework is lined with stained glass and part of the Mashrabiya is designed to be opened like a window, often sliding windows to save space; in this case the area contained is part of the upper floor rooms hence enlarging the floor plan. Some Mashrabiyas are open and not lined with glass, in this case the Mashrabiya works like a balcony. One of the major features of the Mashrabiya is for privacy.

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Geometry in Architecture and Building Design

The GEO-ARAB-DESIGN group is a network of professionals from architectural and engineering practices, academia and industry. Our mission is to promote design and technological excellence and explore local identities through the exploration and innovative applications of geometry.

GEO-ARAB-DESIGN believes that geometry lies at the core of the architectural design process. It is omnipresent, from the initial form-finding stages to the final construction. Modern geometric computing provides a variety of tools for the efficient design, analysis, and manufacturing of complex shapes.


By submitting to this competition, you give geo-arab-design and its assignees the full right to use, distribute, and replicate your design in any and all media.

Free copy of bonza3d modelling software (trial version) can be downloaded from www.bonzai3d.com


* Brise soleil, sometimes brise-soleil (breez-soh-ley, from French, "sun breaker"), in architecture refers to a variety of permanent sun-shading techniques, ranging from the simple patterned concrete walls popularized by Le Corbusier to the elaborate wing-like mechanism devised by Santiago Calatrava for the Milwaukee Art Museum or the mechanical, pattern-creating devices of the Institut du Monde Arabe by Jean Nouvel. Defined by Wikipedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.