Sharjah’s Mleiha centre shortlisted for WAF award because it ‘showcases the archaeology’ says architect Sumaya Dabbagh

The Mleiha Archaelogocial Centre in Sharjah by Dabbagh Architects has been shortlisted for an award at the 2017 World Architecture Festival (WAF) — taking place for the second time in Berlin this November.

Up for an award in the Cultural Completed Building category, the centre has previously won a Cityscape Global award in September 2016, as well as a Middle East Identity award in November 2016.

“I think the project was shortlisted because it’s been enjoyed by so many people as a building,” said Sumaya Dabbagh, owner and architect at Dabbagh Architects, and president of the RIBA Gulf Chapter. “It’s also very contextual and fits into its setting. It showcases the archaeology of the site, rather than taking that attention. It brings people to see the wealth of the archaeology in that region.”

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The centre was created to showcase the wealth of Sharjah’s ancient archaeological sites, uncovered by the Sharjah Department of Antiquities. Part of a larger master plan and an eco-tourism project undertaken by Shurooq, the centre was completed in 2016.

Mleiha is currently up against a number of other strong projects, including The Palestinian Museum by Heneghan Peng Architects, the Bergama Cultural Center in Turkey by Emre Arolat Architecture and the Tara Theatre in London by Aedas.

DesignMENA has recently rounded up other regional projects shortlisted for a WAF award.

Read the August issue of Middle East Architect for the in-depth report on Mleiha Archaeology Centre at WAF 2017.  

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