Concrete in Dubai: Multifunctional Art Gallery by OMA
Location: Dubai (AE)
OMA has replaced the original front of the warehouse with a polycarbonate façade featuring full-height doors. Open-air events can be experienced through this translucent shell, which delimits the building from the inner courtyard. Daylight can penetrate the pellucid gates even when they are closed. This strengthens the connection between inside and outside. The square openings in the sloping roofscape provide further sources of light.
While the interior space is designed to be flexible and neutral, the existing shell has been transformed in such a way that the multifunctional gallery stands out from the surrounding buildings: rough sprayed concrete covers the façade on Alserkal Avenue. Small shards of mirror mixed into the concrete make the gallery sparkle in the sun.
Although the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has had a headquarters in Dubai since 2015, Concrete is the first project the company has realized in the United Arab Emirates. All the work was carried out exclusively by local enterprises.