Topic: Concrete

Blue Camel discusses the challenges of fitting out OMA’s Concrete building

Officially inaugurated in March 2017, Concrete involved combining four former warehouse spaces to create a 1,250m2 events hub that can be configured into 25 different modules, with the ability to accommodate public events, exhibitions, performances, and lectures. The planning strategy for the OMA-designed … More

AAU Anastas creates stone installation as peaceful protest against separation wall in Palestine

Palestinian architect-duo Elias and Yousef Anastas of AAU Anastas showcased its While We Wait installation in the OMA-designed Concrete building, in Alserkal Avenue during Dubai Design Week. The multi-sensory installation, created to instigate a sense of meditation and thought, is inspired and created … More

Interview with Rem Koolhaas: OMA’s contribution to Dubai’s architecture

Following a tour of Concrete, we sat down with Rem Koolhaas to talk about the significance of the building’s opening, OMA’s investment in the region and the changing face of Dubai. One of the interesting elements about Concrete being OMA’s first completed building … More

Cristiano Luchetti on using OMA’s Concrete building in Dubai as an architectural metaphor

In 1977 Peter Blake wrote “Forms follows fiasco: Why modern architecture does not work”. His skepticism towards the dominant architectural thinking of the twentieth century was expressed through a series of chapters in which he cynically commented on the dominant themes of “modern” … More

Interview: Kaveh Dabiri speaks to designMENA about creating OMA’s Concrete building in Dubai

OMA has inaugurated its first project in the UAE after having been present in the country for 14 years. Concrete is a multi-functional cultural space designed by the Dutch firm’s Dubai-based team, led by partner Iyad Alsaka. The space opened in Alsekal Avenue, … More

Qatar has a more guided development plan than Dubai, says Rem Koolhaas

Rem Koolhaas spoke about OMA’s work in Qatar during his open air public lecture in Dubai last week, when the firm inaugurated its first building in the UAE. “Qatar is very different from Dubai in a sense that there is much less tolerance … More

Overusing air conditioning and keeping people inside is not the solution for harsh weather says Koolhaas

Designing with a view to maximising the use of outdoor space should be an important part of architectural visions for the UAE, says Rem Koolhaas who provided an open-air lecture in front of his first building in the city, an exhibition space called Concrete, … More

In pictures: Concrete is OMA’s first built project in Dubai

Concrete, Dutch firm OMA’s first completed project in Dubai, opened this week in Alserkal Avenue, set to become the district’s central events hub, complete with moving walls to accommodate a number of separate events simultaneously. The building was designed by OMA’s Dubai office … More

Koolhaas reveals projects which never made it off the ground

Projects which could have transformed Dubai and Damascus but have been left on the drawing-board were outlined by architect Rem Koolhaas during a lecture outside OMA’s first completed project in Dubai, Concrete.  One was an entrance and exit to and from what the … More

OMA-designed Concrete events space opens in Alserkal Avenue

OMA has completed the firm’s first UAE project, Concrete- a multi-events space in Alserkal Avenue, which was inaugurated on Thursday 9 March with the opening of Atassi Foundation’s exhibition Syria: Into the Light. The building, made up of former warehouses, was designed by … More

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