Ephemeral Repose’ aims at developing a meditative space that allows the user to experience a state of tranquility within the architectural form. The project, located in the hot and dry desert region of Dubai, intends to activate the user’s senses, namely visual and thermal. This is done by crafting aesthetic openings by employing hyperboloids as the defining geometry behind them. The perforations on the façade of the structure aim to channel Dubai’s hot sun and negate high wind speeds into the space in accordance with seasonal variations. Investigations to develop the project include experimenting with combinations of hyperboloid geometries through a physical plaster model and further optimizing them through a series of iterative enclosures by use of parametric design.

Our project will be a  pavilion located in the desert in Dubai

The type of climate on site is Hot and dry. It is Located in the north of the equator, with hot, prolonged, windy and humid Summers

  • -Average High – 40 °C (104 °F)
  • -Average Low – 30 °C (86 °F)
  • The hottest months are July and August while the coolest month is January. it has cool and mild in Winters
  • -Average High – 24 °C (75 °F)
  • -Average Low – 14 °C (57 °F)

Environmental Analysis – Climate Data

Air Temperature

Direct Radiation

Wind Speed and direction

Sun Path Analysis in January

Sun Path Analysis in August

Incident Radiation

Workshop perforation options 

Developed plaster model 

 Workshop video




Yin and Yang is a philosophical concept that describes how obviously opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

Natural sand dunes play a vital role in protecting our beaches, coastline and coastal developments from coastal hazards such as erosion, coastal flooding and storm damage. They provide shelter from the wind and sea spray



The pavilion is created from the generation of a series of points from polar coordinates based on a range created with multiples of the number pi and displaced by remapping these values ​​based on the golden ratio


Two Types of Hyperboloids, and two types of illumination

Environmental Analysis – Influence on design

Environmental Analysis – Influence on design

The site is exposed to maximum solar radiation towards the southeastern-western cardinal points during the month of January and the northeastern-western coordinates during the month of July.

This would mean that these areas are to be designed with perforations with minimal surface area to help diffuse the sunlight and possible heat gain.

Environmental Analysis – Influence on design

Wind speeds are strongest towards the northwest, mild at the southwestern/eastern side and least at the eastern coordinate.

This would mean the design should have maximum enclosures at these points according to the strength of the wind speeds.

Rembrandt Catalog

Grid Exploration 

Iteration 01

Iteration 02

Iteration 03

Iteration 04

Iteration 05

Iteration 06

Attractor point location and vector direction

Circulation and exploded view

Section A – A´


Section B- B´

Optimised radiation


(Ephemeral Repose Dubai) is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at (Masters in Advanced Architecture) in (2021/2022) by:

Students: Aishwarya SR, Akshay Madapura, Fernanda Rodriguez, Jose Asensio, Preetam SP

Faculty: Mark Burry, Rodrigo Aguirre, Ashkan Forough