semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum

Kalbod Studio conceives Dubai Art Museum

 

Dubai Art Museum, designed by Kalbod Design Studio, features a distinctive ‘double skin’ design, combining transparency with a sculptural inner layer made of rammed earth. The outer skin allows visibility of indoor activities, while the inner layer creates a tranquil environment reminiscent of canyons or caves. The architecture embodies the Subject-Object philosophy, highlighting artists as the Subject and their art as the Object. It emphasizes the equal value of the building (Object) and its creators and users (Subject).

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum
all images courtesy of Kalbod Studio

 

 

semi-transparent membrane enfolds the building’s curves

 

Addressing urban challenges, Kalbod Studio‘s museum concept contributes to pedestrian-friendly urban design, aiming to reclaim space for walkers. Situated near iconic landmarks like Burj Khalifa, it becomes a significant hub, fostering a communal space. A network of pathways guides pedestrians through functional spaces within Burj Park, leading to a ramp defining the museum’s entrance. The entrance features a semi-transparent membrane, offering a preview of the building’s curves and layers.

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum
Dubai Art Museum offers a pedestrian-friendly design, reclaiming space for walkers in the city

 

 

ramp system seamlessly links external and internal spaces

 

The layered space serves as an area for artistic and cultural gatherings, while the membrane enfolding it filters Dubai’s climate, ensuring a seamless transition between the external and internal spaces. Inside, vertical access leads to the top floor, allowing visitors to gradually descend along the central ramp, exploring gallery spaces. The design prioritizes human interaction, considering the building’s impact on urban development in Dubai.

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum
‘double skin’ design invites visitors inside while keeping their movements visible from the outside

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum
the museum’s semi-transparent membrane serves as a prelude, displaying its curves and layers

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum
filtered daylight ensures a seamless transition from external to internal spaces within the museum

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Dubai Art Museum hides a sculptural inner layer made of rammed earth

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum
the museum’s layered spaces create a tranquil environment reminiscent of canyons or caves

semi-transparent membrane wraps the sculptural body of dubai art museum
a gradual descent along the central ramp allows visitors to view artworks, leading to the main lobby

 

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project info:

 

name: Dubai Art Museum

architect: Kalbod Studio Design | @kalbod.studio

principal architect: Mohamad Rahimizadeh

lead architect: Shaghayegh Nemati

design team: Ghazaleh Eskandari, ZIba Baghban, Zahra Tavassoli, Nakisa Montazeri, Pegah Samei, Pardis Ahmadi

location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

 

 

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edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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