OMA inaugurates first built project in United Arab Emirates. Concrete Alserkal Avenue is a multi-functional cultural space designed by Rem Koolhaas_OMA's founding partner.
Located in Dubai’s Al Qouz industrial area, Alserkal Avenue was founded in 2007 with the aim of promoting cultural initiatives in the region. Since then, it has become Dubai’s most important art hub with twenty-five galleries and art spaces. Concrete, a new venue, addresses the districts growing need for a centrally located public space which can host a diverse program.
The 1,250 m2 former warehouse provides a multi-purpose venue to accommodate a series of public events, including exhibitions, performances, lectures, and fashion shows. The planning strategy focused on maximizing the event area. All the services were consolidated on one end of the building, allowing the entrance and event spaces to be situated closer to The Yard, the district’s main outdoor public square.
Architect: OMA (c)
Client: Eisa Bin Nasser Bin Abdullatif Alserkal EST
Partner in Charge: Iyad Alsaka Project Architect: Kaveh Dabiri
Project team: Yoonhee Bae, Aras Burak, Shabnam Hosseini, Mohammed Jabri, Alejandro Noe, Guerrero Ortega, Christin Simonian, Mayar Soliman
Lighting Design: Licht Kompetenz
Local architects: CVTEC
Acoustics: Acoustic Logic
SMEP: Blue Camel Design
Contractor: Blue Camel Design