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Stacking Dwellings

Zain Al Sharaf Wahbeh takes on the challenge of trying to closely examine the morphological and material mishaps in Grenfell Tower’s cladding, this residential project devises an alternative surface morphology to delay the concurrent propagation of flame. Find out more about how Zain tries to fix the mistakes that could have saved lives.

Zain Al Sharaf Wahbeh studied at the University Of Edinburgh: Edinburgh School Of Architecture And Landscape Architecture and she is currently in the midst of finishing her Masters at the Royal College of Art in London. Most of her career so far has been focused on the Middle Eastern Market in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, yet she is working towards the opportunity to work in the USA.

Stacking Dwellings according to Zain was created,Following the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire on June 14 2017, an extensive range of technical and public welfare discussions have surfaced throughout the architectural practice. The first phase of the public inquiry entailed a meticulous inspection  of  images and technical reports that were compiled before and after the incident. These harrowing accounts revealed duplicitous measures to retrofit Grenfell Tower in 2014 with combustible material. This self-serving decision had ultimately cost the lives of more than 70 residents.”

By closely examining the morphological and material mishaps in Grenfell Tower’s cladding, this residential project devises an alternative surface morphology to delay the concurrent propagation of flame. A dynamic aggregation of mixed tenured housing units makes use of this endeavour. Within a single cluster is a staggered hierarchy of one and two bedroom apartments and three bedroom duplexes. While the project addresses some of the most pressing concerns regarding fire safety, it simultaneously commits to providing a more diverse set of housing typologies to varied family sizes and incomes.

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She was the Winner of the Best Undergraduate Dissertation Prize at ESALA in 2019, and her dedication to excellence has paid off as she has been able to work at top firms such as AECOM in Abu Dhabi and Arcadis in Dubai.

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Images and video by Zain Al Sharaf Wahbeh

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