Al-Burkah Tourist Resort in Samarra (An Eye On Beauty)

A heritage tourist resort representing the mirror of the Abbasid civilization in Samarra, consisting of several sections (residential - cultural - commercial - recreational)
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Designer(s) : Architect.Fadia Mohammed Mehdi

University : University of Technology

Tutor(s) : Prof. Dr. Abbas Ali Hamza - Dr.. Shamael Muhammad Wajih

The project represents a mirror reflecting the effects of the Abbasid civilization and expressing the symbols and connotations that this city bears and dusting off that civilization through planning and designing a resort of a touristic, investment and commercial nature with the availability of cultural events and the organization of visits to archaeological sites. Depends on attracting visitors and visitors to the city with the aim of historical tourism to recreational tourism, which will become a civilized destination for tourists and of importance, turning the world’s attention to that ancient civilization

It is the design of a heritage resort that reflects the plan of old Samarra (Abbasid) by representing the right and left parts of Samarra.

1- The right part represented by the main axes of Samarra (the Khaleej Street, the economic artery of Samarra and was overlooking the Tigris River, where it was represented in the project and the projection of commercial buildings to represent the economic artery of the project – the Greatest street in Samarra was represented by the project and presented the history of Samarra) and represented the horse track.

2- The central part represented by the Tigris River, Samarra Dam, and Sirr mn Ra’i orchards, and its reflection on the project by designing it as external spaces Reaching the main square represented by Al-Burkah Palace Square and focusing on it with the creation of a main pond in the middle and containing the highest arch to see the main Al-Burkah Palace, and this square is surrounded by the hotel. Samarra by focusing on the main pond, with the embodiment of all the stages of the Burkah Palace that he passed through in this square and making their seating places.

-Extension of the Tigris River from under the hotel to realize the idea of the rivers extending under the Abbasid palaces and the continuation of the Tigris River to dig contour lines and achieve the natural reserve so that the movement of tourists under the contour lines with the extension of the river and eventually access to the natural reserve and the waterfall

3- The left part is represented by the high contour lines, which represent the period of Samarra’s extension on the left part, and the construction of palaces in it in its last periods, and on it are recreational buildings and chalets, which reflect the buildings of Samarra (disappeared blocks that illustrate the idea of the disappearance of Abbasid buildings – the blocks at the beginning of their appearance that reflect the buildings that were excavated The visible blocks that illustrate the idea of buildings that have remained steadfast despite what the city has been exposed to over time.