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ALAN KAKH portfolio



Zahran Plaza Offices Architectural & Engineering Offices

Al-Ma’arif Buildings Residential Buildings

Graduation Project Electrical And Control & Systems Engineering Departments

Villa M. Hamdan Private Classic Villa

Alrasheed Street Urban Development

Zahran Plaza Offices This project is included in my portfolio for being one of the most important projects that I have designed, as it conveys a distinguished concept derived from past and present This project conducted under Hamdan Group ‘Real Estate Company’. The design process took four-month under the supervision of a senior architect, while the construction period estimated is two years. The materials used in the front façade were mainly Steel and Curtain wall.

Zahran Plaza Offices

Architectural & Engineering Offices PROGRAM: The project is a multi-storey building with the underground floors being utilised for parking to accommodate the required capacity in a view of the project scale. Further, the other floors are dedicated for offices and companies. The space capacity that each company required, in relation to its size, is to be changed using the resilience characteristics employed within the design. Generally, each company involves; secretary, employee workstation, manager room, and services (kitchenette and bath), whereas in large companies; further office and conference rooms are re-

Prespective View

OBJECTIVE To create a strategy that integrates between classic style and modern architecture in an Innovative design way, and to satisfy the client thoughts about architectural office building albeit in a simplified manner (according to the function or the name of the project). BRIEF This project is an office building located in Abdoun (Al-amira Basma St. -Amman-Jordan) with a total area of 9865 ft² for each floor. It also has ten floors, two of them are basement (parking). The basic concept of the building is to generate modern architectural structure but to maintain a classic style. The design features a high flexibility as to space capacity that is required by each company. Thus, the company may have three, four, or six offices in one floor with regard to client needs. In addition, panoramic elevators are positioned in the centre of the building as a point of attraction inside the building’s main lobby.

HOW THINKING: How is it possible to think in a design process, as in to employ function or project title, with the aim of fulfilling the thoughts of client about architectural office building albeit in a simplified manner and an innovative design? ARCHITECTS THOUGHTS IN JORDAN DIVIDED INTO CLASSIC AND MODERN

Social media marketing in Jordan, especially in private firms, has become one of the most important fields, and has recently dominated the market. The circles indicated have been used to express social networking loops, and how to work and market through the Social networking relationships. Hence, it reflects the modern architectural characteristic of the building.

Classic architecture is one of the styles that can be observed on buildings in Jordan largely.Thus, the arches have been derived from classic architectural elements, those to be compatible with the circles that already selected in the modern part, both of which represent the curves yet in variant compositions. How to think of a method that ensures a harmonic integration between those styles? To address this concern, a concept symbolises both styles in the form of architectural masses, each of which carrying specific details, has been integrated.Yet, those have been cautiously designated to maintain a unified theme to avoid inharmonious forms.

Embracing the Classic architecture style to Modern architecture mass


West Elevation

South Elevation

East Elevation


The high reflectivity related to the exposed surface areas within the facade may likely prevent overheating from solar gains to the interior by forming convection current to lower the temperature of the heated glass.

The design has been carefully approached in regard with the most significant environmental measures applied in Amman city, among which; western facades are considered the least environmentally adequate. Figure 1 highlights a major design challenge in which a pivotal corner toward the western direction is required to be addressed.Thus, two main environmental strategies have been implemented: 1St highlight on western project corner This has been solved with the use of an aesthetically pleasing and contemporary looking alternative to solar shading, something in pure white that would not store heat, open enough to allow the light pass through and views to be glimpsed (figure2), robust but without having obvious structure ‘invisibly’ fixed parasol (figure4). My idea was to achieve an attractive form of panels, which could be appreciated from both the interior and exterior of the building, with an extra dimension created by the movement of shadows throughout the day (figure2, 3).As well as exploit the multiple benefits and high-performance properties of the material to create a finely patterned which prevent excessive thermal gains while also

Figure 2

allowing for a beautiful interplay of shadow and sunlight (figure3).

Figure 1

Figure 4

Figure 3

Figure 6

2nd General environment of the building:The project is designed with a curtain wall ( hollow glass ) to achieve efficient temperature control throughout the year. The curtain wall (double glass layer) filled with dry air of insulating glass. Hollow glass is a kind of good heat insulation , sound insulation , anti-frosting, moisture proof. According to the experimental detection, in winter, when the temperature outside for-10 °Ç, the temperature of the single glazing indoor before for-2 °Ç, and the hollow glass Windows of 13°Ç temperature is before; And in the summer, double hollow glass can block 90% of sun radiate heat; Although the sun can still through the glass curtain wall, but will not increase the temperature inside. Therefore, using hollow glass curtain walls room would likely provide warmth in winter but feel cold in summer times, greatly improving the living environment (Figure 5) (Figure 6). Thus the energy saving and cuts down the cooling and heating cost

Figure 5


Rear Emergency Exit And Stairs

The project characterised by a straightforward movement scheme.The main horizontal movement axis divides the plan into two main sections starting from the main entrance and ends at the rear exit, and being merged with the main lobby that contains the main vertical movement where the two panoramic elevators are.The project encompasses two emergency exits. The first one is at the end of the main axis indicated, whereas the second one is at the centre of the construction.In additions, these exits are equipped with fire-resistant doors for a period ranging between two to three hours according to the fire rate, automatic closing, and are impermeable for the smoke as well as providing the building with fire-resistant elevator with the same specifications recommended by fire men.

Main Vertical Monement

Side Emergency Exit And Stairs

Emergency Exit And Stairs

3D View for circulation

Plan Views Circulation


6 offices proposal

Each Unit According Its Proposal

Plan 1: in (6 Offices proposal) Secretary Workstation for 12 employees Manager office One additional office Small kitchen Toilets for Male and Female Plan 2: in (6 Offices proposal) Secretary Workstation for 12 employees Manager office One additional office Small kitchen Toilets for Male and Female

3 offices proposal

4 offices proposal

Plan 3: in (6 Offices proposal) Secretary Workstation for 12 employees Manager office One additional office Small kitchen Toilets for Male and Female Plan 4: in (4 Offices proposal) Secretary Workstation for 12 employees Manager office Two additional offices Conference room Small kitchen Toilets for Male and Female

Plan 5: in (3 Offices proposal) Secretary Waiting area Workstation for 20 employees +small store Manager office + small conference area + bath Three additional offices Conference room Control and printer room Plan 6: in (3 Offices proposal) Secretary Waiting area Workstation for 20 employees Manager office + small conference area + bath Three additional offices Conference room Small kitchen Toilets for Male and Female

Main Floor Plan

Conference Room

The floor plan of the project shown aside is divided into six main zones, each of which represents a separate office. Combined with the resilient design proposed, these offices are easily to be merged if needed.Below three suggestions that indicate the design resilience integrated: Six offices proposal As shown in Plans 1, 2 and 3 (each of which is repeated one time only) Four offices proposal As shown in plan 4 (it repeats 3 times) Three offices proposal As shown in plan 5, plan6 (plan 6 repeats once) and plan 5 is to be applied within upper floors , Provide a direct entry in large offices between the conference room and manager office (As shown below)

Al-Ma’arif Buildings Being one of the most significant residential projects I extensively participated in, Al-Ma’arif Buildings have been considered in my portfolio. These buildings involved delicately detailed interior designs for the main spaces of each unit proposed. The project encompasses five ‘six floors’ buildings and located in Khalda area, Al-Maaref in Amman. Due to its complex nature and size, the project was designed in association with Hamdan Group Company in 2012.

Al-Ma’arif Buildings Residential Buildings

PROGRAM: Being one of the most significant residential projects I extensively participated in, Al-Ma’arif Buildings have been considered in my portfolio. These buildings involved delicately detailed interior designs for the main spaces of each unit proposed. The project encompasses five ‘six floors’ buildings and located in Khalda area, Al-Maaref in Amman. Due to its complex nature and size, the project was designed in association with Hamdan Group Company in 2012.

Prespective Views

OBJECTIVE To create residential units that live up to what is further than family expectations; to give every space high value in design and finishing materials; to create contemporary elevations simulate the modern style with traditional material; and to provide affordable high quality residence for the client.

Amman - Jordan - Almaaref St.

BRIEF The project has involved six residential buildings with total land area of 23,611 ft², located in Khlada area, Amman city in Jordan.The design is distinctively characterised with the use of modern and simple façade, in which a robust composition that reflects contemporary characteristics intended is employed, and maintain a luxury feel to the apartments designed as well.


This building has been characterised by a very unique design in accordance with its surrounding context. The total area involved is 28,800 ft² divided on 6 floors. The balconies have been positioned with an intention to contribute a key design element into the overall composition, giving a distinguishing look.This is combined with the use of three material variants along with different colours and textures (coarse white stone, semi-rough beige stone, and smooth polished black granite)

Sketch For The Main Elevation

Detail sketch for the top of the building

Al Maaref 1 Building


Al Maaref 4 Building

Al Maaref 2 Building

Al Maaref 3 Building


The building design of these has been significantly influenced by the neighbourhood context from materials, colours, to architectural elements, but maintaining an exceptional design to them.The apartments are varied as to their size. Each of the apartments in those ‘3 units per floor’ buildings consist of; 3 bedrooms, living room, dining area, kitchen, and two baths. In contrast, each of those included in buildings of ‘2 units per floor’ have additional spaces; family room, laundry, and an extra half bath for guests. AlMa’aref building 2: The total area of which is 30,200 ft² divided on 6 floors. This building includes nine apartments; including one duplex apartment with additional spaces, office, and indoor swimming pool). AlMa’aref building 3: The total area of which is 28,280 ft² divided on 6 floors. The design of which differs from others that it has a broader facade. AlMa’aref building 4: The total area of which is 26,880 ft² divided on 6 floors.  

3D Plan (typical floor )

Typical Floor Plan

Al Maaref 5 Building . the total area is ( 28,800 sq ft ) divided on 6 floors .


A unique interior design has been dedicated for each apartment of a floor, each of which has three proposals in term of flooring, painting, and wallpaper.

Reception ( Sample 1 )

This includes the design of small false ceiling areas, giving an artistic and luxury feel to the space without affecting the reMain Enterance

quired height and the total cost.

Family Room ( Sample 2)

Each design is distinguished from the others as every building has its unique key design


elements and separate work drawings for each building element; from handrail, apartment

Aliminium Tubes

Reception And Dinning Room

main doors, elevator facade, corridors, to parking, but unified using the alike materials and colours.As for bathrooms,

Stainless Steel Tube

Bath ( Sample 2)

there are eight finish materials

Kitchen ( Sample 1 )

used according to the size and Wood

dimensions for each (the ce-

Staircase (Sample 1 )

ramic tile fit the bathroom size). Basement Parking

Family Room ( Sample 1)

Graduation Project Due to its significant academic contribution, this design proposal of ‘University of Technology 2020 in Baghdad’ has been awarded ‘Rector Award 2008’, hence presented in my portfolio. Being of large scale nature, distinct and sophisticated specifications, the project involved nine students. To ensure a unified design language, the team came together, shared ideas and performed collaboratively in the initial design stages and later, once the major design decisions were made, each focused on separate specific tasks yet ensured consistent communication. The project completed within one academic year, through which dedicated professors were heavily involved providing invaluable guidance. While I was involved in the overall design and the initial design choices, my separate tasks largely focused on two departments; electrical engineering, and control and system engineering.

Graduation Project

Electrical Engineering Department Control And Systems Engineering Department PROGRAM: For the two engineering departments I was handled, the basement floor for each includes service rooms, large storages, electricity and air-condition and other services. The rest of spaces, from lectures to those of administration, were distributed among the rest floors as to their intensity and frequency measurement. While both departments are projected to accommodate even student capacity, one of which includes two branches and the other includes three. The two departments shared a similar space programme in principal, having a very slight difference in the number of laboratories, and faculty and administrative rooms subject to their distinct requirements. Therefore, each department includes; classrooms of different sizes, labs, administrative and faculty rooms, library, internet hall, maintenance, security, and other services.

Prespective View

OBJECTIVE To create an elegant design that is of modern architecture nature and aesthetics, and for the university capacity to accommodate for their projected future needs and ongoing growths. It is worth to mention that the project was submitted to University of Technology’s Architecture Department as a requirement to obtain Bachelor Degree in Architectural Engineering. BRIEF I was involved in the overall site design and mainly on two engineering departments, namely; electrical engineering and control and system engineering. Those are two separate five floors buildings and are part of ‘Redesign of University of Technology’. For the main tasks I was entitled, the electrical engineering department includes; electrical engineering, and electronic engineering branches, while the control and system department includes those of; control engineering, computer engineering, mechatronics engineering. The total area of the land (Built Area) is 61,500 ft² distributed on the two buildings. Al-Sina’a st. Baghdad-Iraq

The masses have been cautiously and carefully placed to be in line with the overall university site. In general, the site encompasses three distinct grids upon which the complete design was based. It is also worth to note that the elevation elements are derived from those of old design.

Site Plan

Prespective View

Educational Section. Classrooms : Six (50 persons capacity ) classrooms , Four ( 100 persons capacity) classrooms , One (300 persons capacity) hall , Two (25 persons capacity) seminar halls Labs : Fourteen (30-50 persons capacity) labs Administrative and faculty Section. Administrators : Fifteen offices (12m²,20m²,35m²) , Conference room (25 - 30 persons) Faculty : Fifteen (1 person) offices , Ten ( 2 persons) offices ,Five ( 5 persons) offices Service Section. Small service spaces:Three(10 persons capacity)bathrooms ,Four ( 12 m²) storages , Seven ( 12-15 m²) workers and supervisors rooms Large service spaces : Two ( 50 m²) storages in basement , Four (50 m²) air-condition, electricity, maintenance, Support Section. Didactic support : Library , Internet hall Entertaining support : Cafeteria, shared by both departments



One large focus of design was the concept to create a public space in between the two buildings, strengthening the social and educational connections amongst the students. Having both departments sharing alike disciplinary and values in principal, those have been extended and implied on their design. The connection made is to link public spaces to those of entertainment. Another related design detail is that the cafeteria was intentionally placed to be overlooking at, and open to, the sitting area, delivering a stronger connection beside being functional for major events. Solar studies have been cautiously considered, hence this public space is efficiently shaded creating an environment friendly and green space.

Front Elevation


The essential movement is carefully placed with an aim of minimising student crowds within the corridors and noise disturbance, hence the gathering areas are thoughtfully distributed. Also, educational zones represent forty per cent, to mention but a few; classrooms, labs, multi-purpose halls.

Functoins Chart

Functoins for Each Floor Chart

Funtion Zonning On Plans

Corridors and Gathering Areas: those areas have been distributed thoughtfully to accommodate the student momentum and to minimise potential gatherings in the corridors.

Paths and Nodes: the primary intersection of the two movement paths results in the gathering nodes. In addition, the sitting area node is resultant of the intersection of the two visual paths.

FIRST FLOOR PLAN Densities: those are carefully balanced for each of the two buildings and the university as a whole. The entrances and exits have been placed in view of the densities.






Multi-Purpose Hall Plan


The project encompasses two multi-purpose halls, one in each of the two buildings. These are aimed for ‘high student number’ lectures, graduation ceremony or other events, with a maximum capacity of 300 people. There are two strategies considered for the proposed acoustic solution. The first strategy is to create a shell inside the hall space extending up to two floors in order to limit the space size to which the sound extends, hence solving the potential sound problems. The second is to ensure that the materials used inside the hall either absorb or break the sound to prevent the potential echo. In line with these strategies, it is also proposed to use; upholstered seats, carpet on concrete, painted concrete, T&G hardwood for the sidewalls, and suspended acoustical boards for the ceiling.


Villa M. HAMDAN Being of classic characteristics along with very intricate aesthetics, from embracing detailed arches and columns of Corinthian nature across its faรงades to adopting a skilfully balanced contrast blend of minimal modern interiors to those of sophisticated classic characteristics, the project has been included within my portfolio. The design is to accommodate a family of seven members in the city of Amman in Jordan. The project located in Abdoun area, a mainly of upper-class nature and one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in Amman. The project initialised in 2012 by Hamdan Group Company. While the main construction phase was completed in about one year, the design of interiors and finishing took another year, with a total cost of 3,000,000 $.

Villa M. HAMDAN Private Classic Villa

PROGRAM: The design initialised by defining five major sections, in result of which the villa encompasses; guest, family, entertainment, private, and service sections. Each of these section includes certain spaces in view of its distinct function. Being premium in quality, the design encompasses en-suite bedrooms, parking space to accommodate up to six cars, in addition to summer sitting and barbeque area. Multiple axes of vertical movement have been employed, those to avail the household and service works separately.

prespective view

OBJECTIVE To achieve a proper social integration amongst project sections, and to recognise an efficient method of ‘defining zones’ for the project to fulfil the client needs via the use of direct linking and visual separation. BRIEF The project is a private villa that is located in Abdoun area (A Maleka Zein Al sharaf St. Amman-Jordan), with a total area of 11286 ft². This involved four floors, a garage for up to six cars, and front and back yards. The façades are of classic style, and features a large entrance with two Corinthian columns on both sides. In line, the ground floor of the villa was characterised with the use of certain classic design, derived from classic decoration and employing relevant dark wood. In contrast, the other floors were of modern style, creating a well-balanced contrast combination.


The concept based on functional gradation and spaces privacy. The functions divided according to privacy degree . Consequently , the masses has been arranged according to the size of each mass to be compatible with the area of the section . The exterior and interior spaces formed as a result of masses overlapping . So we can find the same mass work as external mass and its trace determine the arrangement of internal spaces

VERTICAL MOVEMENT Private section Vertical movement divided into three divisions according to the type of use and who use it. The green is private, the blue connect the service section with the other sections , the red is dual use.

Family section Family use Service use Dual-use

Guest section Entertainment section Service section

Top View

Side Elevation

Front Elevation

Night View ( Back Elevation )

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Plan

Perspective ( Main Elevation )

Third Floor Plan

Basement Floor Plan




Second Floor Family Room

Guest Bedroom

Kitchen OAK: is the most widely used hardwood. It is heavy, strong, rich, and give an elegant style. Prominent rings give oak course texture. Used at cabinet and counters. FROSTED GLASS: It is done with the shown aside pattern , very aesthetic especially when done when done with artful pattern. Used in glass cabinet doors. 3D GOLDEN TILE: stainless steel gold pyramid mosaics, gives outstanding look, through the reflective faces of the tiles. Used in between the upper and lower cabinets and TV unit. SOLID-SURFACE: This is a miracle material has the ability to emulate just about any look without the same damage risk or maintenance. Used at countertops. STAINLESS STEEL: Has many unique values, make it powerful candidate in material selection, easy to clean. Used in sink, handles, appliances frames, finish of wood to protect it

SECTION The section shown highlights the private aspect of the design, increasing as going upwards to be very privacy-oriented. That is in a view of the site topography. In addition, it can be seen in the photos to the right side that each of them is classified under a distinct section.


Private Floor Living Room


Main Bedroom




Basement SPA





AL-RASHEED STREET This project included in my portfolio for being one of the most important urban projects that I was part of it. It is one of the massive urban projects in the downtown Baghdad. Has been working on this project in 2008 by two architectural companies the first is “AlMimary” in the city of Baghdad that I worked with, the second is Rizvi Architects in Boston. My Role: • Documented and prepared drawings for existing site plan and entire street facades. • Collaborated and communicated with other project team members and principals to maintain efficient work progress and meet deadlines

AL-RASHEED STREET Urban Development

BRIEF: It is a redevelopment of one of the most significant historical streets in Baghdad-Iraq. Its length is approximately 4KM. It has been divided into six zones (A-F) to facilitate the process of studies, design, and work. The zones have been determined depending on the locations of the connecting bridges between the two sides of Tigris River.

Prespective View

Before Development

OBJECTIVE First, improve the overall urban landscape of the street. Second, enhance and develop the infrastructure. Third, renovate the heritage buildings. Forth, organize and coordinate the architectural elements. Fifth, bring life to the street in a modern way while preserving the historical character. The most important works that have been covered by the study: planning, traffic study, modernize the infrastructure, architectural facades, heritage buildings, and architectural elements.

Existing Elevation ( Part Of Zone -A- )

After Development

Proposal Elevation


Proposal Persective View In Zone -A-

Proposal Of Arcades

AL-TAHRIR PLAZA This area represents one of the most famous squares in Baghdad, and it has historical significance in the city. It located within zone A of the study area. It will be one of the main areas of people gathering, shopping, and fine dining restaurants. It may also be the leading center for the weekly Zone -A- Site Plans

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