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 […]

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 […]

David Adjaye designs trio of multifaith temples in Abu Dhabi

David Adjaye has revealed visuals of The Abrahamic Family House, an interfaith complex in Abu Dhabi that will contain a church, mosque and synagogue. The three cubic temples are designed by Adjaye Associates to encourage “peaceful co-existence and acceptance” of the three Abrahamic faiths Christianity, Islam and Judaism in the UAE’s capital city. “I believe […]

White & The Bear children’s restaurant has white surfaces and timber furnishings

Sneha Divias Atelier has swapped stereotypical primary colours for neutral tones inside this restaurant in Dubai, which is designed specifically for children. Located in Dubai’s Jumeirah district, White & The Bear has been designed by Sneha Divias Atelier with “urbane” interiors that avoid the bright shades usually used within child-focused spaces. The restaurant and retail space […]

Construction set to begin on Frank Gehry’s long-awaited Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

The Guggenheim Foundation has revealed that its Frank Gehry-designed art museum in the United Arab Emirates is “on track” to complete in four years time. First unveiled in 2007, the long-awaited Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be 42,000-square-metres, making it the largest of the four Guggenheim outposts. Though the specific timeline for construction of the sculptural building has not […]

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 […]

Al Faya Lodge by Anarchitect is a desert spa and hotel made from stone and steel

Architecture studio Anarchitect has turned a couple of stone buildings in the UAE into Al Faya Lodge, a hotel and saltwater spa in the Sharjah desert. A complex of buildings now forms the Al Faya Lodge, which sits in the red sands at the foot of Mount Alvaah in the Emirate of Sharjah. The pair […]

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