King-Fahad National Library by Gerber Architekten, © Gerber Architekten, photo: Christian Richters
After five years of construction Gerber Architekten has completed the conversion and extension of the national library of Riyadh, The King Fahad National Library, one of the most important cultural buildings in Saudi Arabia. The delicate textile facade, a defining element that provides protection from the sun, was inspired by traditional Middle Eastern design and consists of fabric triangles held in place with tension loaded steel cable.
The Tamdeen Group Headquarters by Colacion Studio, photographer: Eric Laignel
Californian interior designer Yvonne Colacion and her namesake practice Colacion Studio have recently completed this 5100-square-meters headquarters of Kuwait’s renowned property developer, Tamdeen Group. Featuring traditional Arab geometric patterns on various surfaces and textiles and artful Arabic script, the light-flooded interiors reference cultural elements of the Gulf region while ’to evoke the feeling of being in a desert oasis’, a rampant garden wall has been incorporated in the ground-level reception area. (more…)
Dubai, as seen by Architonic's editors
In the second installment of our photographic journey through this year’s edition of INDEX Exhibition we reveal the images from the 3rd annual Contemporary Majlis Competition, the fair and the gleaming city of Dubai itself. Enjoy!
to Architonic’s photo tour of INDEX Exhibition 2011, Part II
Dubai's INDEX Exhibition, as seen by Architonic
In its 21st edition, Dubai’s INDEX Exhibition gave us an impression that the financial crisis of 2008, which unexpectedly but severely affected the Middle Eastern emirate, seems to be a thing of the past and that Dubai is on the road to recovery on a less speculative and more realistic level. Located on the emirate’s northern coastline, the glittering, glass-cladded Dubai City is itself an ultimate, extravagant showcase of emirate’s financial power and sky-high ambitions, with both architecture and interior design being the prime examples of this particular penchant for infinite luxury. (more…)