Visitors were invited to attend an exclusive guided design tour of the Jameel Art Centre and Sculpture Garden with the key designers of the project.

The Emirates Architecture Open, organized by the ThreeFlaneurs, showcases outstanding contemporary architectural projects built by local design firms in the UAE. Participants had 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.

Designed as a 10,000-square-metre, three-storey, multi-disciplinary space, Jameel Arts Centre is the first non-governmental contemporary arts institution of its kind in the Gulf.

The kunsthalle-inspired complex includes more than 1,000 square metres of dedicated gallery space, plus a 300-square-metre open-access research centre; events and screening spaces; a roof terrace; a restaurant; and a book and design shop. The Centre’s adaptable spaces reflect Art Jameel’s commitment to diverse programming across mediums and nurturing artist careers, as the galleries are deliberately designed in a variety of sizes and volumetric proportions to allow a flexible range of settings for exhibitions, site-specific installations and new commissions.

About waiwai

waiwai is an award-winning multidisciplinary architecture, landscape, graphic and urban design studio with offices in Dubai and Tokyo. 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.