7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE
 

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE

as part of an international call to design the new ‘barjeel museum for modern arab art’ in sharjah, iranian architect habibeh madjdabadi presents her concept, which was awarded honorable mention in the rifat chadirji prize 2019. conceived as an architectural and cultural landmark for the area, madjdabadi’s idea can be described as a contemporary interpretation of the barjeel – the arabic name for the wind towers that are traditionally used in the gulf region to provide ventilation in the hot desert climate.

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

the museum’s main entrance – there are seven barjeels representing the seven emirates of the UAE

all images courtesy of habibeh madjdabadi

 

 

when embarking on the project, the main challenge was creating a place to host the contemporary art collection while at the same time considering the local cultural heritage and environmental conditions. madjdabadi therefore formed her architectural response around two central objectives. firstly, to establish an intelligent and tangible relation with the context and with the barjeel foundation, and secondly, to fulfil the functional requirements of the competition through an efficient distribution of the activities and paying particular attention to the surrounding urban structure.

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

the library has an extra entrance from the neighborhood street, connecting the building to the al tarfa district in sharjah

 

 

to form the design, the architect first carefully analyzed the context, which is shown through the positioning of the volume and the choice of material and architectural components. the character of the proposed building is defined by the sweeping, organic forms that evoke the feeling of undulating sand dunes. the smooth waves of the roof peak into seven barjeels, representing the seven emirates of the UAE. a bigger barjeel, 35 meters-tall, is located above the main entrance and acts as a landmark dedicated to the city.

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

the architect has carefully analyzed the context, which is shown through the positioning of the building and the choice of material and architectural components

 

 

the seven barjeels are used as skylights while also contributing to the natural passive ventilation of the indoor spaces. a schematic section shows how the traditional ventilation system has been re-interpreted in the project as an integral part of the artificial ventilation system: the hot air tends to rise and go out through the dampers placed in the upper part of the barjeel elements, while the consequent indoor negative air pressure will capture the natural air and pass it through the air treatment units and the ground heat dispersion duct before reaching the interior.

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

an architectural and cultural landmark that hosts the barjeel collection and represents modern art, architecture and design in the arab world

 

 

the main gallery, which is a looped-like ramp, is located under the bigger barjeel, while the rotating exhibition is spread under the skylights next to the library. inside, the interior is characterized by whilte-colored finishes and the dappled light that provides a rich spatial experience. this pared-back palette allows the artwork to take center stage, while the rounded forms give a sense of the impressive architectural form.

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom
the main gallery, which is a looped-like chronological ramp, is located under the bigger barjeel, while the rotating exhibition is spread under the skylights next to the library

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

the exhibition under the skylights

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

the looped ramp takes visitors on a journey through the exhibition

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

a water feature occupies the center of the space

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

the interior design provides a light spatial experience

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

conceptual diagrams

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

sectional views

7 barjeel wind towers top habibeh madjdabadi's museum for modern arab art in the UAE designboom

floor plans

 

 

project info:

 

project name: barjeel museum for modern arab art

project type: competition

location: sharjah, united arab emirates

architect: habibeh madjdabadi

graphic and presentation team: neda jafar nejad, niloufar kaveh, azin mirani, sima vadaye kheiri

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • This external staircase – as beautiful as it may be – is unlikely to be realisable. For safety reasons alone. A staircase that runs round at the edge without a railing – that will pose a considerable danger for pedestrians, especially children.
    As with so many new museum buildings, here too a building will be apparently without a concept of content. The architecture here clearly outshines what is to be exhibited. This approach should be thoroughly questioned in a discourse. Functions follows form or better the other way round?
    Otherwise, the building is architecturally really well designed.

    Formbar says:

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