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Essai de restitution des ambiances lumineuses de la medersa merinide d'El Eubbad a Tlemcen, Algerie.

Ziani, Abdelouahab; Belakehal, Azeddine; Bennadji, Amar


Abdelouahab Ziani

Azeddine Belakehal

Amar Bennadji


This research explores the authentic luminous ambiences that characterized the medersa of El Eubbad in Tlemcen in Algeria. These atmospheres have been profoundly altered due to the different rearrangements that have affected this building. Based on historical evidence and an architectural analysis of the other medersa dating from the same dynasty (Marinid), a restitution of the architectural conformation was first proposed. Then, a restitution of the luminous environment is suggested. The first part of this research is a reading of the architectural conformation relative to the luminous atmosphere including: i) the identification of lighting devices, ii) the various adopted lighting strategies (reflecting, filtering, diffusing), and iii) the sensory luminous effects generated in the different spaces of the medersa. The second part is devoted to the luminous environment quantitative characterization, by means of computer simulation, in the places (the prayer room and the room) where the 'Taleb' (the student) performs visual tasks (writing and reading). The results show a finely hierarchized architectural richness in order to create a luminous environment specific to the various places of the historical edifice and suggest a temporal dimension inherent to the luminous atmosphere prevailing there. The full text of this article is in French.


ZIANI, A., BELAKEHAL, A. and BENNADJI, A. 2018. Essai de restitution des ambiances lumineuses de la medersa merinide d'El Eubbad a Tlemcen, Algerie. Courrier du savoir [online], 26, pages 289-300. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 11, 2018
Publication Date Jul 11, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 1, 2018
Journal Courrier du savoir
Print ISSN 1112-3338
Electronic ISSN 1112-3338
Publisher University of Biskra
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Pages 289-300
Keywords Heritage; Luminous ambience; Restitution; Medersa; Tlemcen
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