The design of this invited competition by the Ministry of Presidential Affair of the UAE reflects on the Arabic culture and interprets it in a contemporary way: the open ceiling is tiled with individual shades that imply a dome as well as a circular Arabic pattern. Porous wall cladding refers to the original building material of the region and serves as acoustic panels. The murals by an Emirati artist embrace a grid-like arrangement to tell stories in graffiti-like pictoglyphs.
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Size 970 m2, 32m diameter
Scope Design, Establishing Design-and-Build Team
with Steiner AG / Hindustan Construction Company
The volumes of the Learning Center, the Laboratory Building and the ELAF Building on the campus of the German University of Technology remain basic and clear as a direct result of the request for highest efficiency. These plain shapes serve well as a canvas for a graphic intervention on the facade. Mirroring the idea of large-scale, Arabic patterns used on the neighboring museum, a dynamically animated pattern is being applied, thus, appreciating the traditional logic of the ornament yet adding a contemporary twist to it.
Location Muscat, Oman
Size 11,000 m2 built-up area
Scope Design Development
with Hoehler+Partner LLC
The German Embassy is situated on the banks of the Nile of the central island of Zamalek in Cairo. The architecture fuses the traditional courthouse typology of the region with the German engineered design approach. While the façade follows a strict rhythm that only unveils the vertical organization, the internal organization develops freely and organizes around patios and atriums. A sophisticated sustainability concept regulates the thermal impact as well as the water balance on the complex.
Location Zamalek Island, Cairo, Egypt
Size 5,940 m2
with DFZ Architekten
Yacht Club Recife
The Recife Yacht Club serves foremost as a breakwater to stop erosion of the main land and as an initial step of the city to reach beyond the shorelines. On the protected lee side, the development provides all amenities the yachting society can dream of: state-of-the-art berths, club houses and maintenance facilities. The shape of the urban layout is inspired by an anchor not only to symbolize the nautical nature of the project but also to emphasize the tight link with the city.
Location Recife, Brasil
Size 2,350 m2
Scope Conceptual Design
with J. Vogelsanger Architekt
Jebel Ali Sailing Club
The long-stretched and narrow volume builds a wall towards the main land and ensures a high degree of privacy on the sea side. The building completely opens towards the water with a curtain-wall glass façade shaded with sale-like louvers. The landside is only penetrated by large-scale shells protruding out of the façade like mussels hanging on a submerged cliff. These shells hide communal rooms and provide panoramic view when opened.
Location Dubai, UAE
Size 2,450 m2 (built-up area)
Al Nadi Tower
The form is inspired by oscillating movements derived from experiments to show the rotating movements of our planets which are initially discovered by ancient, Muslim astronomer Al Beruni. The shape itself is created by using a traditional tiling principle that creates larger formations through specific arrangements. The tiles used here, however, are three dimensional and their rotations applied to all three axis in space to create the tower. An internal illumination changes the filigree structure into a fascinating lantern during the night.
Location Abu Dhabi, UAE
Size 13m height, 6.5m diameter of platform, 9.9m / 3.1m dimension of ellipse
Scope Design, Construction Management
The Mashrabiya Cabana fascinates through its arabesque, aperiodic pattern that spans continuously around the cube – sometimes as structural elements, sometimes as decorative application. The dimension of the work as well as the uninterrupted character of the pattern create a unique perception of space where one (almost) loses orientation and the feeling for gravity. The Mashrabiya Cabana not only serves as a place for intimate, social gatherings but also as a stage for performances to a larger crowd.
Material mild steel; color-paint finish; illuminated
Size 4.2m x 4.2m x 4.2m
Scope Design, Construction Management
Nine tubes fly a formation in space like an aerobatic patrol. This synchronal air ballet forms a bench, turns around and flattens to a lounge chair, rises with a twist to screen off views before fanning apart to create a huge sun sail and channeling again to become the back side of the very same bench. The dynamic appearance visualizes the activities of the F1 race course which the structure overlooks. The form also corresponds with the organic architecture of the main building.
Location Yas Viceroy Hotel / Formula 1, Abu Dhabi, UAE