OMA to transform former warehouses into events space for Alserkal Avenue in Dubai

OMA is transforming four former warehouses into a single central events space for Alserkal Avenue, Dubai’s homegrown art district located in the industrial area of Al Quoz.

The project aims to address the art venue’s need for a centrally located space in order to host a growing number of public events.

“The 1,000 m2, multi-purpose space will accommodate exhibitions, lectures, fashion shows and social gatherings. The design introduces a flexible floor plan with four 8.10 m moveable walls, which rotate or slide, allowing for different configurations depending on the type of event,” said the firm in a release.

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Model of Alserkal Avenue. Image courtesy of OMA

“The entrance, with full-height transparent sliding doors, strengthens the continuity between the interior and exterior, extending the action and events to the public square outside. The existing exterior shell will be wrapped in a customized concrete spray, distinguishing the building from the other surrounding warehouses.”

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Exterior view. Image courtesy of OMA

Led by OMA partner and head of  Middle East division, Iyad Alsaka, the events space will become the architecture studio’s first built project in Dubai.

Alserkal Avenue is currently home to twenty five contemporary art galleries and art and design spaces. The district was founded in 2007 with the aim of promoting cultural initiatives in the region.


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