The project will involve a modular structural system of arches, inspired by the vibrant atmosphere and lively qualities of the traditional market, as well as the inherent beauty of vernacular Islamic architecture. The towers would become increasingly transparent towards the top as the density of the arches decreases.
The architects from Sou Fujimoto have said “from afar, the volumes are perceived as a gateway connecting the Corniche Sea with the mainland while having an overall mirage-like appearance.”
Waterfalls of various sizes will cascade through the structures, creating a unique interior environment while generating a cooling mist, offering relief from the region's intense heat.
Fujimoto talked about the significance of the complex’ waterfalls: “By incorporating multiple waterfalls, instead of one large waterfall, different mountains of water are created feeding the avenue,” said the architects. “There will be a wide range of waterfalls; smaller on the top to prevent any interference from the wind and larger towards the bottom to create evaporative cooling.”
The architect also developed a second proposal called Souk Mirage/Particles of Light that stacks structural arches on top of each other to create an undulating topology. The centre incorporates retail, residential and office spaces, exhibition areas, a community centre, and a series of public courtyards and atriums surrounded by a green plaza.
"This simple system organises the entire site, providing unity and coherence, as well as a unique and timeless architectural expression."