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Old May 11th, 2011, 07:51 AM   #1
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BAGHDAD | General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers | App

An award-winning design that tells the revival story of Mesopotamia
How can you condense more than ten thousand years of civilization into a single project that faithfully tells the story of a great nation? The answer is in the winning design of a prestigious architectural competition, to design the new compound for the General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers in Baghdad.

Zaha Hadid and more than 30 other international architects participated in this competition, won by the Iraqi Architect Manhal Al Habbobi (Master in Philosophy of Architecture) with his 'CAP Emirates' design.

The design concept evolved as a logical and natural outcome of the system approach, concluding that an 'Infinite Free Iraqi Constitution' would be the perfect translation for the objectives of the project, as it represents now the virtual ruler that it is to house and maintain.

The four stages of the concept's evolution covered searching for a design statement that would convey the 'raison d'ętre' for the project; deciding on some characteristics within the statement that could be visually realised; symbolising characteristics in a linear presentation, and finally, symbolising a metamorphosing of form in a way that resembles the biological process by which a living creature physically develops after birth or hatching.

The architect suggests that if you can imagine a gigantic cylindrical seal, which was used in ancient Iraq as an administrative tool, engraved with all the significant features of Iraq's past, present and future aspirations, that image is the design used to mark the ribbon connecting the land with Tigris River. Carved with the story of Iraq, the landscape of this ribbon evolved, through a process of metamorphosing, into splendid architectural spaces delineated by elegantly defined thresholds.

Manhal Al Habbobi goes on to say that in the future, if you happen to stand in front of a building that speaks to you and tells you that inside are people looking after the Infinite Free Iraqi Constitution, then you'll know that you are in Baghdad in front of the General Secretariat for Ministers Council. Enjoy your stay!

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Old May 11th, 2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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Old May 11th, 2011, 10:04 AM   #3
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Old May 11th, 2011, 10:08 AM   #4
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We in the Iraqi forum can not get over this building
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Old May 12th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #5
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A country that was destroyed in the last decade, deserves such a great projects!
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Old May 12th, 2011, 04:46 PM   #6
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it's only the beginning visit our Iraq forum to see all our new projects
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Old May 12th, 2011, 04:59 PM   #7
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WAAAAAAouuuuWWWW

I need to pay more attention to the Iraqi forum. Really impressive.
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Old May 13th, 2011, 01:12 AM   #8
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Yes, really amazing project.
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 11:31 AM   #9
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yes you do, major projects are currently being planned/built in iraq
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 04:54 PM   #10
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Gorgeous looking building
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:00 AM   #11
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Very nice project.
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Old August 24th, 2011, 07:10 AM   #12
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Old August 29th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #13
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Kinda like something out of Star Wars.

I hope Baghdad will see a construction boom with many great projects like this one very soon.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 03:49 AM   #14
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Old August 31st, 2011, 12:07 AM   #15
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wow amazing baghdad deserve this beauty.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:01 PM   #16
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Construction of this project will start by the next year not much time ..
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Old November 10th, 2011, 02:42 PM   #18
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Very monumental and renewing at the same time. But what's with the social-realistic giant statues visible in (only) the first picture. Are those really included in the plan? If so, the authoritarian message seems a bit misplaced.
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Old November 10th, 2011, 03:10 PM   #19
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Wow!!! Nice project!!!
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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:41 PM   #20
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Very monumental and renewing at the same time. But what's with the social-realistic giant statues visible in (only) the first picture. Are those really included in the plan? If so, the authoritarian message seems a bit misplaced.
I think they are just samples, hopefully they will be changed to like the mesopotamian winged oxen

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