Emirates News Agency – Domus magazine ranks Green Corner Building among top ten architectural projects of 2021

ABU DHABI, 14th January, 2022 (WAM) — Domus, an international architecture and design magazine, has named Green Corner Building as one of the top ten architectural projects of the year 2021.

Located in Muharraq, Bahrain, Green Corner operates under the auspices of the Sheikh Ibrahim Center for Culture and Research.

The project started in January last year with the support of the UAE to commemorate the year of Zayed and promote cultural cooperation between the UAE and Bahrain.

Embodying the distinguished relations between the two nations, the project aims to preserve the historical heritage and cultural assets of the two countries and strengthen their bilateral ties.

Commenting on the international recognition of the project, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said: “I am delighted to see this project among the top ten architectural designs of the year 2021. It is encouraging to to see how the world takes notice of our work to preserve and restore our heritage and culture.

“The Green Corner project is a manifestation of the vision of our late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, as it draws on the elements of environment, nature and heritage. The idea of ​​restoring and redesigning the heritage house was a great way to commemorate Sheikh Zayed’s centenary and remember him as a true statesman who laid the foundation for friendly ties between the UAE and Bahrain.Located in the historic town of Muharraq, adds to the charm of this project, making it a definitive hub for art and culture. True to its founding principles and thanks to its exceptional design and architecture, the Green Corner thrives today as a center of art and culture.”

Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Sheikh Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, said: “The article on Al Muharraq in one of the best architecture magazines in the world shows the architecture of the city. rich cultural heritage and the unique character of its urban landscape. It also shows the impact of cultural infrastructure projects and sustainable development in attracting global attention at different levels.

She stressed that this achievement is the result of cooperation between Bahrain and the UAE, and thanked the Ministry of Culture and Youth of the United Arab Emirates for their efforts in carrying out the project, in particular Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, for his constant involvement in improving bilateral cultural relations between the two countries.

She praised the vision and design of Dutch engineering firm Studio Anne Holtrup, which carried out the project. Further adding how the project has added to Al Muharraq’s profile of being a cultural hub that stands out for its innovative designs while the city attracts international expertise in the field of design and architectural creativity.

Domus magazine has published a full article on the Green Corner project. The magazine noted that the project reflects the ability of architectural designs to create an emotional relationship with its environment and to forge a dialogue in the language of arts and crafts.

The magazine highlighted the modern building’s striking facade made of large sand-cast concrete blocks and quoted architect Anne Holtrup, who said the project reinterprets traditional Bahraini building methods, which relied on limestone and the sandstone.

The Green Corner project is being transformed into a library housing the art archives of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It will also be a site for the restoration of artistic documents and the conservation of old books and paintings.

The building was designed by Dutch architecture firm Studio Ann Holtrup, and the building’s interior design was by Ammar Basheir Creative Studio.

The four floors of the building were made by casting concrete in the open. While an entire floor has been devoted to the restoration of paintings and ancient books and manuscripts, another floor is used for cultural promotion.

The Green Corner building recently made headlines and was recognized by many design experts when it appeared on the cover of El Sketch magazine, a prestigious design and architecture magazine published in English and Spanish.

The building is located next to an acclaimed vertical garden created by Sheikh Ibrahim Center and designed by French botanist Patrick Blanc, the founder of vertical garden technology known worldwide for his distinctive designs.

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