The concept of the starchitect could be a thing of the past according to Atkins design directoe Janus Rostock – a key member of the team which designed the Dubai Opera House.
Its vernacular form is inspired by the traditional Arabic dhow, and local heritage is a theme going through the building.
The philosophy adopted by architects Atkins is one of co-operation, which according to urban designer Janus Rostock could have an unexpected side effect.
He said: “The dhow idea came from a variety of workshops and while it changed, there was always a clarity of concept. If I was likening myself to a musical conductor it would be as if I was adding a little more from one section of the orchestra while toning it down elsewhere.
“I think we are moving away from the star architect – the notion that it is one guy doing all the drawings and going through to the final completion. That I think is a thing of the past and, in my opinion, the starchitect is no more.”