OMA selected to complete versatile events space for dubai's alserkal avenue
OMA selected to complete versatile events space for dubai's alserkal avenue OMA selected to complete versatile events space for dubai's alserkal avenue
mar 14, 2016

OMA selected to complete versatile events space for dubai's alserkal avenue

OMA selected to complete versatile events space for dubai’s alserkal avenue
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international architecture studio OMA has been commissioned to complete its first built project in the united arab emirates as part of dubai’s alserkal avenue. previewed during dubai art week, the project entails the transformation of four warehouses into an event space that reflects the industrial and cultural character of the neighborhood. it is hoped that the completed scheme, which is expected to open in fall 2016, will bring greater attention to intelligent design practices in the city, and promote discussion regarding the role of architects and artists.

the design includes a flexible floor plan with four movable walls




capable of hosting large exhibitions, performances, and conferences, the design includes a flexible floor plan with four 8.10 meter walls, which can rotate or slide, allowing for a variety of different configurations. the entrance is defined by full-height sliding doors that strengthen the continuity between indoor and outdoor space. ‘the main strategy for the design of the event space is to blur the boundary between interior and exterior by bringing view and daylight into the space, and extending the action and events to the public square outside’, explains iyad alsaka, OMA’s MEA partner in charge. externally, the existing shell is clad with a customized concrete spray, visually distinguishing the building from the surrounding warehouses.

the entrance is defined by full-height transparent sliding doors




we selected OMA to design our new project space because they share our commitment to bold ideas and experimentation,’ comments abdelmonem bin eisa alserkal, founder of alserkal avenue. ‘their design provides us with a new ‘home’ for arts and culture programming, and enables us to take even greater risks as we look towards the future.’ vilma jurkute, director of alserkal avenue adds,we are witnessing growing demand from the international art scene within the regional arts landscape. alserkal avenue has always pushed the potential for the art scene; the space will offer a new opportunity to facilitate a closer dialogue between east and west while strengthening the infrastructure for the arts locally.’

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