Studio Class at Yale University
Studio Class at Yale University


This project was developed by Rania Mohamed as a student from American University of Sharjah and was submited to the WAS awards 2017 under the Residential category.

The Artist Residence is located in Sharjah Art Foundations, United Arab Emirates. This area is a particularly delicate feature of the city as it is one of the oldest part of the Emirates as well as its containment of the Sharjah Art Museums and Design Spaces that are quite new. The site presents a dialogue between old Arab courtyard houses and modern art and architecture.

The Artist Residence is a live/work space shared by two artists that reside and work in the space prior to exhibitions held at the Sharjah Museums. The program included a Respite space characterised by the Mashrabiya like brick wall that filters the sun through, Contemplation Space that is a complete independent glass volume with greenery, in addition to the shared Gallery and the separated Studios.

Following the courtyard design of the old houses and new museums in the area, the Residence is a broken courtyard open only to the museums side of the site to allow visual access into the Residence from the entrance of the Heritage area. The courtyard also provides an open-air exhibition space during finer climates, as well as serving multiple seating spaces for visitors when exhibitions are on.

The atmosphere of the spaces was of particular importance due to the variation of their functions, therefore lighting conditions were of vital importance and played a major role in setting the tone of the Residence. Various ways of illumination such as the openings in the brick wall, the skylights in the Contemplation spaces and saw-tooth roof in the gallery spaces.