A project I noted while serving as one of many, many design jurors this year for the Architizer A+Awards used a spiraling outdoor corridor of arches in the United Arab Emirates to tell the history of the Islamic arch.
The Hong Kong-based team behind the project, Daydreamers Design, explained that they organized the arches into ten typologies, then arrayed those into a much larger sequence, “in historical order.”
In other words, as you meander down the hallway, you also move forward—or backward—through arch history.
For what it’s worth, I’d love to see something similar done with Western design orders, or even cathedral buttresses.
In any case, the project did not win any A+Awards, but it remains noteworthy, nonetheless. Watch a short video of the project, below.