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OMA : Concrete

In Dubai (United Arab Emirates), the imposing Alserkal Avenue, created in 2007, supports artistic initiatives in the region. It now hosts more 40 galleries. This former industrial zone has recently been invested by the multifunctional space Concrete Realized by the agency OMA, which answers the increasing need of the site in places of exhibition that can host an eclectic programming.

To meet the place scalability needs, the architects completely transformed a former warehouse 1 250 square meters in a massive crenellated building, the highest parts create a volumetric game jut of the back cover, with effect from shadow and light, strengthened by flying glass and mirror integrated with aggregates of the dark concrete.

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The main courtyard façade, designed as a transparent and flexible entity with impressive full height entrance doors, is coated with polycarbonate panels maximizing both the thermal insulation and the entry of natural light. This translucent skin gives a futuristic aesthetics to Concrete and allows it to detonate in his environment to industrial style.

The interior has a ceiling height of 8 meters and hinged and sliding walls designed to alter the configuration of the space based works and sheltered events.

Photograph: Mohamed Somji

To learn more, visit the OMA website

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