This work is born as a graduation project in the city of Damascus, in Syria. The area chosen for the project is a place located on the northern part of the damascene medina (historical centre), between two doors (main gates of the medina). Bab Touma is the entrance to the christian quarter and the other Bab Salam is the access to the muslim quarter. The area in wich the project is located, its actually not valorized, its a very central part of the medina in wich tourists start the exploration. The presence of the Barada River, once very important for the economy of the country, it is not anymore valorized, but it remains witness of the past, today in dirty water. The idea of the project is a route of signs, named as SIN. SIN is an arabic letter of the alphabet and the Mesopotamian divinity of the Moon also symbol of the associated planet that the Romans gave to the gate of Bab Salam. The shape of the “Sin” letter is used to represent this ideal route to introduce tourists in the way of knowledge of the main production activities: handcraft products are centralized inside the “Sin Route” from the production to the selling process, with the support of a Suq created for the project. The choice of a light system of coverage for the Suq (Bazar) is enriched with typical textiles of syrian tradition, that can be scrolled on steel rails to permit the access of flexible light inside the suq. These laboratories of handcrafting are becoming very rare in Syria, owing the industrial impact on the country.



Mixed construction system

Architect: Marco Scebba


Marco Scebba

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