Gallery: Zaid Bin Talib Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Rainwater-Harve...

The two polarized swirls create a continuous and, at times elongated circulation path.
The two polarized swirls create a continuous and, at times elongated circulation path.

The intersecting swirls of Zaid Bin Talib‘s Embassy of Iraq in Oslo create an interesting play of animated forms. The skin provides gradual and discrete connections between different parts of the building. The two polarized swirls create a continuous and, at times elongated circulation path.

Serving as an urban sculpture, the overall shape of the building gestures towards the open spaces on the west side of the site. The north façade is mostly closed and functions as a buffer against traffic noise. Access, openings and views are oriented towards the east and shielded from winter winds.

The undulating roof is covered with photovoltaics and it harvests rainwater to irrigate the surrounding vegetation. The openings are glazed with high-performance glass that reduces glare and provides views and shading.

+ Zaid Bin Talib

+ Oslo School of Architecture and Design


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  1. William Hunse June 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I suspect he did this project because “he could” meaning with computers he was able to generate the images. As a career architect with 50 years in the field my lifetime has seen tremendous demand and change on the skills of an architect. Of course my experience spans the hundreds of years of traditional hand drawn plans and is now, with nearly 100% of the profession, rooted in CADD produced designs. There was some virtue in the past where young architects just out of college were able to be involved ay entry level work while they learned the practical aspects of the building professions so as to be able to contribute in a meaningful manner in the actual conceptual work of architecture. This is no longer the case as the nature of the CADD programs is such that while they are capable of producing fantastic concepts they are many times, in the hands of inexperienced folks, they are so over the top as to be impractical to actually build. The challenge the profession now faces is to find a place to take these highly creative young designers and develope their practical side without killing the creative juices. It’s increasingly difficult as the financial challenges to the bottom line is to have profitable production at all levels all the time. It’s a shame but there’s no longer a need to have folks sharpening pencils at the knee of the masters. At the end of the day this building shown will need to be built out of real materials as it will not be made in a 3-D printer.

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