Lifescapes Beyond Bigness; UAE’s 16th Architecture Exhibition at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2018

Venice, Italy

Text by Farah Abdel Jawad Photos courtesy of The UAE National Pavilion The national UAE pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale showcased its 16thInternational Architecture Exhibition, which played along the lines of a contrast between UAE’s under-appreciated human-scale urban neighbourhoods and its iconic corridors of “bigness”. Installation view of the National Pavilion United Arab Emirates Read More

Wind Tower, Wafra Vertical Housing

Salmiya, Kuwait

AGi Architects 2017 Wafra Vertical Housing introduces a new concept to urban living that adapts to the evolving lifestyle of 21st Century contemporary Kuwait. Considering the increasing demand for land in the city, the transformation of single-family dwelling typologies becomes a must, where tenants should be able to enjoy privacy as well as benefit from Read More

KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center)

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Zaha Hadid Architects 2017 Photos © Hufton+Crow Windcatcher Roof Profile The primary organizing strategy of the design of KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre) is a cellular, partially modular system that integrates different departmental buildings as a single ensemble with interconnecting public spaces. Hexagonal prismatic honeycomb structures use the least material to create Read More

A house in Yarmouk

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Studio Toggle 2017 © Gijo Paul George The Yarmouk private villa is home to two brothers and their families in Kuwait. The volume is divided in the center of the plot into two identical units housing the independent quarters of each of the two families. A series of light wells and balconies throughout the house, Read More

East Village

Beirut, Lebanon

J.M.Bonfils and Associates 2015 Kinan Mansour © Vertical Garden influenced by a public garden located in the adjacent 1960s Electricité du Liban headquarters that is no longer accessible to the public. The aim is to reintroduce a more space-efficient vertical green space that the community could enjoy. Kinan Mansour © Kinan Mansour © Kinan Mansour Read More