Sharjah Arts Foundation creates permanent home for the Rain Room in UAE

SpaceContinuum Design Studio and Shape Architecture Practice and Research have designed a pavilion in the emirate of Sharjah to house Random International‘s Rain Room insulation. The concrete and glass building was designed for the Sharjah Arts Foundation as the permanent home for the Rain Room, which was first installed at the Barbican in 2012 and has also been displayed […]

Sharjah’s 1970s and ’80s architecture is being saved by the architecture triennial

The Sharjah Architecture Triennial is located in two prominent examples of the emirate’s surviving 1970s and ’80s architecture. Here are six prominent buildings from the era that are being conserved. The two main venues of the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial are a former school that was built in the mid 1970s and a former fruit […]

Marina Tabassum brings prefabricated Bangladeshi homes to Sharjah

Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum has erected three prefabricated houses at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, to highlight the families that relocate their homes as river channels move within the Bengal Delta.  Tabassum, who won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016 for the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, built the houses as part of her Inheriting […]

Bedouin women create Irthi collection based on ancient Emirati crafts

The Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council has paired Bedouin craftswomen in the UAE with international artists to create items that can be sold to a global market. From its base in Sharjah – one of the seven Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates – the Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council oversaw the creation of the collection to […]

Foster + Partners designs tech-filled library for Sharjah

The House of Wisdom, a library and cultural centre designed by Foster + Partners for Sharjah, will feature a cantilevered roof and a book-printing machine. The library’s roof will overhang the two-storey building’s facades by 15-metres in all directions to provide shade during the hot days of the city in the United Arab Emirates. The overhanging […]

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