Qasr Al Hosn festival to showcase architectural exhibitions


The Qasr Al Hosn festival is back this year featuring a rich cultural programme that is inspired by two themes: Abu Dhabi’s traditional heritage and the importance and the modern heritage of Abu Dhabi showcased through a variety of programmes and activities.

It is an annual event held on the grounds of Qasr Al Hosn to celebrate centuries of Emirati culture and tradition.

This year’s edition will feature numerous architectural exhibitions, including the ‘Lest We Forget: Structures of Memory in the United Arab Emirates’ from la Biennale di Venezia, that was curated last year by founder of OMA, Rem Koolhaas. (The firm has just opened it’s second Middle East office in Dubai.) 


UAE’s National Pavilion exhibit will now be showcased for the first time in its homeland, curated by Michelle Bambling. View images here. 

This exhibition, which is commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation seeks to archive the history of architectural and urban development in the UAE over the past century, and is one of the pioneer programmes dedicated to the definition and preservation of modern Emirati heritage.

Other exhibitions will include the Qasr Al Hosn exhibition that explores the development of Abu Dhabi as a city as well as the recent works to restore the fort.

Architects in Abu Dhabi are fighting to stop corrosion destroying the coral and stone walls of the historic monument. DesignMENA had visited the fort last year to catch up on the process of restoring the historical building of Abu Dhabi. 

Experts are removing a white façade made from cement and gypsum which was put in place around 30 years ago. But it now threatens the fabric of the structure as it traps moisture vapour which is corroding the original coral walls.

“The layers of modern render are suffocating the original construction,” said Mark Powell Kyffin, head of architecture at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

Qasr Al Hosn, which stands as the symbolic birthplace of the emirate, continues to undergo a comprehensive process of preservation, restoration and rehabilitation.

The Qasr Al Hosn Festival is running from the 11th till the 21st of February. You can visit the official site here. 

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