The results of a research led simultaneously by SCALES (department of research of AAU ANASTAS ) will be applied to the residency project. The research investigates the typology of stone vaults. The research relies on novel design simulation and fabrication processes. The use of advanced techniques of cutting is directly associated to a structural optimization of the stone vault. Reinvigorating stereotomy as a way of optimizing structural performance using advanced design simulations is the founding principle of the research project.The el-Atlal project is meant to be a model of construction techniques. It allows to envision new possible cities’ morphologies, new construction techniques and a sophisticated use of stone.