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Serie reveals contest-winning Dubai gallery

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Serie Architects has unveiled its competition-winning proposal for a 10,000m² arts centre overlooking Dubai Creek in the United Arab Emirates

The London studio defeated an undisclosed shortlist of rival firms to win the commission backed by non-profit organisation Art Jameel in 2014.

Planned to complete in winter 2018, the 10,000m² Jameel Arts Centre project will deliver a three-storey multidisciplinary arts complex, exhibiting contemporary Middle Eastern and north African art.

Art Jameel president Fady Mohammed Jameel commented: ‘We are delighted to be embarking on a new phase of development for Art Jameel – strengthening our programmes in Saudi Arabia, across the Arab World and internationally, as well as founding our first permanent space, the Jameel Arts Centre Dubai.’

A statement on the practice’s website reads: ‘Conceived as a series of boxes and bound together by a one-storey high colonnade, the JAC is an intimate place for experiencing and producing art. This is afforded by careful insertion of courtyards between the different boxes and the colonnade.

‘These courtyards become spill out spaces for the users and visitors of the art centre, and offer a space of repose as one moves from one gallery to another. The colonnade also works as an active social space, charging the edge of the building with activities and enlivening the waterfront promenade.

‘As each gallery is contained within a box of varying dimensions, it offers a flexible and rich curatorial potential – from small intimate gallery for enjoying smaller works to large galleries with soaring height for large sculptures.

‘The massing of the building, its spatiality, and its façade articulation draws from the rich architectural tradition of the region and yet interpreted with the simplicity, elegance and intelligence that are synonymous with the work of Serie.’

The building, located at the tip of Dubai’s ‘Culture Village’, will feature a 1,000m² gallery space, 300m² research centre, flexible events areas, a roof terrace, sculpture garden, café, restaurant and bookshop.

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