The architect Abboud Malak and his Dubai-based practice Studio M have realised this understated contemporary cultural centre located in the downtown area of the city. Completed in 2010, the 12,000-square-foot open-plan Pavilion comprises two gallery spaces, a library, lounge, restaurant, screening room and a tucked away semi-enclosed ‘shed’ structure. Described by the architects as ‘an oversized container’, the Pavilion is devoid of any dividing walls – the modern furniture ‘plays a key role in dividing up the different spaces’ and includes a number of popular designs from manufacturers such as Foscarini, Cassina, Established & Sons, Magis, Accademia and Vitra.
About the project:
‘The Pavilion was designed as a space where the artistic community, in its broadest sense, could congregate. Its role is that of a haven for the burgeoning creative crowd and many young artists and freelance entrepreneurs call it home. It acts as a platform for inspiration and is a space for work, play and recreation. The Pavilion is anchored by two gallery spaces and offers a library, lounge, restaurant, espresso bar and screening room. The spacious open-plan area is bathed in natural light and an unexpected natural oak semi-enclosed “shed” structure sits at the far end of the space. Behind it, a towering vertical garden adds another dimension to the minimal setting, introducing life, color, texture and originality.’
‘Massive communal tables reinforce the idea of dialogue and community. A calming, understated and neutral palette of materials is dominated by concrete and brushed America white oak and punctuated by blackened steel. Crisp white floating walls, high ceilings, and minimal details throughout define the pure open spaces.’