Attend an exclusive guided design tour of the Jameel Art Centre and Sculpture Garden with the key designers of the project.
The Dubai Architecture Open, organized by the ThreeFlaneurs, showcases outstanding contemporary architectural projects built by local design firms in Dubai. Participants will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive guided architecture and landscape tour of the Jameel Art Centre and Sculpture Garden along with the key designers themselves. This contemporary art museum is co-designed and executed by the local architecture firm.
Waiwai is an award-winning multidisciplinary architecture, landscape, graphic and urban design studio with offices in Dubai and Tokyo.
Known for addressing the social, environmental, economical and technological aspects of architectural projects, the firm has worked on prominent cultural institutions including Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf waterfront sculpture park, Al Warqa’a mosque, Hai d3 and Jeddah’s Hayy: Creative Hub.
Formerly known as ibda design (‘start’ in Arabic), in 2019 the firm was renamed waiwai – a Japanese onomatopoeia which refers to the sound of a cheering crowd – to mark its 10-year anniversary.
Dubai and Tokyo each foster multicultural diversity, and the range of cultural backgrounds in the waiwai team inspires communication through a clear, simple and deliberate approach to architecture. The principals of waiwai’s office, Wael Al Awar (Lebanon), Kazuma Yamao (Japan) and Kenichi Teramoto (Japan). Each have unique stories that first led them away from their home countries, then later to collaborate in Dubai. They share an ability to observe a city up-close and intimately, yet also from afar, with the attentive eye of an outsider.
Their projects layer their individual design sensibilities into an architecture of natural light, time, structure and landscape. By aligning with natural phenomena, waiwai seeks to create an architecture that is more than man-made fabrication, but instead remains open to adaptation and appropriation. The spaces that emerge from this approach are site-specific provocations that encourage unexpected experiences, activities and behaviors.
They share extensive experience in designing projects of various scales and programs, including art centres and parks, school and university campuses, mixed-use developments, private villas and mosques.
Wael Al Awar founded waiwai in 2009 as the principal architect, after moving back to the Middle East from Tokyo. With interests in natural phenomena, landscape and formless diagrams of relations, Wael has a multi-disciplinary approach to design and is always looking to challenge conventional processes to push the boundaries of design.
waiwai was named among the top 17 architects and top 50 influential designers of the year by Nikkei Magazine in 2019; recognised by Architectural Record's annual Design Vanguard issue as one of the top 10 emerging firms in the world in 2018; and included in Architectural Digest’s top 50 offices in the Middle East in 2017. Shortlisted Nominee for the Aga Khan Architecture Award in 2019.
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