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On Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the Abrahamic Family House headquarters has been inaugurated. It embodies the historical bonds linking three Abrahamic religions – Judaism , Christianity, and Islam – and provides a platform for dialogue and coexisten
The development of Saadiyat Island on Abu Dhabi’s northern coast is an ambitious tourist and cultural push to create a new center in the UAE capital. Besides various commercial and residential operations, the plan includes raising eight outposts of f
The Dutch firm Mecanoo, under the leadership of Francine Houben, has officially unveiled its design for a new museum currently under construction in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District. Like rock formations, it presents geometric compositions such
Inspired in the desert landscape surrounding the new headquarters of the environmental and waste management company Bee’ha in Sharjah, the different elements of the program – lobby, auditorium, visitors’ center and gallery, offices and cafeteria – ar
A bundle of slender metal diagonals breaks the traditional hierarchy of pillars and beams, altogether altering the Cartesian space inside the prism by offering fragmented views...
A series of mobile wings makes the huge host pavilion look like a bird in flight, a reference to the important role played by falconry in uniting the various tribes that formed the country.
An exuberant jungle shows how it is possible for architecture to embrace nature in combating the effects of climate change in cities and creating pleasurable ecosystems. The pavilion is powered by solar energy alone, and the dense vegetation lining t
With simultaneous references to Japanese Asanoha and Islamic arabesque patterns, a three-dimensional openwork represents the meeting of two ancient decorative traditions.
A basin of water and a membrane of stretched textile in a powerful metal framework manage to create an atmosphere that draws attention to the Amazon jungle’s water resources.
A snow-white prism contains a curved cavity lined in wood and bathed in brightness by a generous skylight, in an abstract echo of the lush landscapes that abound in the Nordic country...
Behind a mirror facade that has the effect of magnifying Switzerland’s national flag is. an immersive installation that transports the visitor to a sea of fog high up in the Alpine mountains...
A sheaf of stalks of cross-laminated timber forms the scenographic screen on which to project a sampling of cyberpoetry that results from online interactions of users.
A cyclopean canopy structure serves as a collector of the dry climate’s scant rainfall, and at the same time as a contraption for the trapping and harnessing of solar radiation.
The pavilion’s premises flank a large void that serves to give continuity to the public circulation route, conceived as a meeting place under the protection of an ethereal roof structure.
The proposals for new transport models are presented in a building of careened forms with a laminated skin of reflecting stainless steel that prevents overheating...
Expo 2020 Dubai, themed 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' and counting over 200 participants, kicked off with a ceremony almost a year after it was supposed to, owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, and welcomes the public from 1 October to 31 March
The Moroccan contribution to the next World Expo seeks to demonstrate how traditional construction systems have the potential to give rise to more sustainable development models. The world’s largest facade of rammed earth encompasses twenty-two recta
In the third city of the UAE, the Al Manakh neighborhood will be the location of the new seat of The Africa Institute, the only organism in the Gulf devoted to studying the culture of African peoples and their relations with Arab countries. The proje
Close to the airport, 10 kilometers from the center of Sharjah, stands this two-floor building by the British firm Foster + Partners. Overhangs 15 meters wide shade the facades against the sun, and aluminum lattices varying in density filter solar ra
This set of gardens was designed and built for the 11th Sharjah Biennial, directed by the Japanese curator Yuko Hasegawa. After developing a strategy to urbanize the existing heritage area of Sharjah, the design proposed a set of pavilions that compl
The firm of the Czech architect Petr Janda has won the competition to build a visitor center in the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, located in the United Arab Emirates capital, where flamingos abound. The project seeks to make the building blend into the
In the emirate’s skyscraper-filled Burj Khalifa district, Opus ME Dubai of the Meliá Hotels International chain is in a building that Zaha Hadid herself designed before dying in 2016. In a play of solids and hollows, opacity and transparency, the sch
The studio was commissioned by Related Companies in 2015 to design a new residential project in Chelsea, Manhattan, at West 18th Street. The site is split in half by the High Line, the elevated public park, and called for an inventive solution that w
The World Expo of 2020 has opened its doors. Already the web is flooded with night views of pavilions silhouetted against the excessive backdrop of Dubai. And proliferating alongside the myriad images are the words of a rhetoric which, while continui
Themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ the first major international event ever to be held in the Middle East will until 31 March 2022 exhibit proposals for development that the participating nations have set up on the premises, in the spiri
The jagged towers and palm-fringed walkways of the proposed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (GAD) take their inspiration from the wooden sailing dhows that ply the waters of the Gulf and the funnel-shaped wind towers, known as barjeel, built to bring natural ve
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is on track for 2025 completion. Set to be part of a thriving community of cultural institutions in Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is the l
Expo 2020 officially opened in Dubai on 1 October. Like so many other premium celebrations, it is being held a year later than it was supposed to be, delayed by Covid-19. Themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ the first major international e
The Expo in Dubai kicked off on 30 September with a ceremony, and welcomes the public from 1 October to 31 March 2022. The event is expected to bring in some 25 million visitors. Video Map
The firm founded in London by the late Zaha Hadid and now headed by Patrik Schumacher has in the skyscraper district of Dubai just completed Hotel Opus ME, one of those buildings whose hollows perhaps cost more than their solid parts. Contorted to th
The team formed by Atxu Amann, Andrés Cánovas, and Nicolás Maruri (Temperaturas Extremas Arquitectos) is the winner of the competition for the privilege of building Spain’s pavilion at the Universal Exhibition of 2020, to be held in Dubai. The winnin
The petrodollar-funded construction of huge cultural complexes is a strategy used by Gulf countries to craft themselves a recognizable and influential image.
Jean Nouvel’s most awaited building of the last years, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, finally opens this coming 12 November through what promises to be a ceremony of great political substance. Originally programmed for the year 2012, the project has been swam
‘Back on the Chain Gang,’ the song by Chrissie Hynde written after the collective overdose of the British band The Pretenders, would be the perfect metaphor for the endemic schizophrenia of Dubai’s property market. Every year the emirate hosts ‘Citys
Everyone knows about the paradoxes inherent in the idea of a glazed skyscraper in the Persian Gulf, so it is not surprising to hear of solutions such as those that have been developed by Aedas, in collaboration with Arup, in the Al Bahar Towers, two
El estudio Ehrlich Architects, con sede en Los Ángeles, ha ganado el concurso internacional para diseñar el complejo donde se ubicará el futuro parlamento de los Emiratos Árabes Unidos, que estará situado en uno de los mayores bulevares de Abu Dhábi.
En la isla de Saadiyat de Abu Dhabi se ha presentado el proyecto del Museo Nacional Zayed, diseñado por el estudio de Norman Foster para el nuevo distrito de la cultura del emirato, que contará también con sedes del Guggenheim y del Louvre, según pro
La primera ciudad carbón neutral del mundo estrena institución: el Masdar Institute, una universidad dedicada al desarrollo de tecnologías sostenibles. Para dar ejemplo, toda la energía utilizada procede de un gran huerto solar que además de cubrir l
El Golfo Pérsico ha devenido un golfo de marcas: marcas de récord y marcas de lujo. Dubai ha levantado el rascacielos más alto del mundo, Abu Dhabi está construyendo el más colosal conjunto de museo del momento y Qatar albergará el Mundial de 2022 co
The real estate crisis that led to the financial collapse of the emirate of Dubai marks the end of an urban model; another of the Gulf emirates, Abu Dhabi, proposes an alternative model with Masdar, a new city with no emissions and no waste.
El libro ‘Al Manakh’, promovido desde Dubai, describió en 2007 el panorama de un Golfo en plena fiebre inmobiliaria;‘Al Manakh 2’, bajo el patrocinio de Abu Dhabi y editado de nuevo por Archis, regresa a la zona para documentar su crisis actual.
En el desierto de Abu Dhabi se levanta la primera fase de Masdar, una iniciativa promovida por la compañía estatal de la energía y diseñada por el estudio británico de Norman Foster.
Con un espectacular despliegue de fuegos artificiales y tras sólo seis años de obras se ha inaugurado la torre más alta del mundo (828 metros oficiales). La anteriormente conocida como Burj Dubai fue rebautizada para la ocasión como Burj Khalifa en h
El emirato de Abu Dhabi está decidido a mantener el liderazgo internacional en la producción de energía; la gran placa fotovoltaica proyectada en la ciudad carbon neutral de Masdar City sustituirá al petróleo y a los combustibles fósiles.