Lixuan Qi , Zhiying Li
The site was chosen near the Issawiya slum in Jerusalem, where residents have long been living in poverty and suffering from war and religious strife. However, when an Arab horse beauty contest is organized, Israelis and Palestinians will sit together and enjoy the wonderful performance of horses. The scheme is intended to design a comprehensive complex of low cost integrated buildings, including housing, horse breeding, horse trading, horse beauty contest, horse racing, tourist center, and wartime civil air defense, etc. Each living unit is independent of each other in the structure and can be spliced to each other, so they can be added or removed according to the number of residents. The whole complex is also a large unit which can be combined in a variety of ways to activate the entire area.
This scheme optimizes the traditional wind catcher technology in terms of form and structure, and divides the wind catchers into two types based on specific modules, which are distributed respectively in a reasonable and orderly manner among the building complex to provide good ventilation and lighting, and also enhance the structure. Large-scale wind catchers are used in public spaces such as corridors, courtyards, and visitor centers, the interior of which can be used as meditation space, and small-scale ones are used for small-sized housing units and stable units. The use of locally-practiced Jerusalem Stones complies with the city’s unique and ancient appearance. The design scheme provides convenient and effective venues for various activities related to the Arabian horse, so that people of different nationalities and religions can come together harmoniously; it also provides local residents with a cheap yet dignified living environment, and can self-renewal change. When the war spreads to this place, it can also provide a safe air defense space.