UAE’s first OMA-designed building to be inaugurated in March 2017

The Office of Metropolitan Architecture’s (OMA) event venue project in Alserkaal Avenue in Dubai will be inaugurated in March 2017, opening with an exhibition titled Syria: Into the Light.

600 square metre space, Concrete, will be the firm’s first built project in the UAE, designed by the firm’s Dubai-based office, led by Iyad Alsaka.

Concrete is a multi-disciplinary event space designed to host large-scale art exhibitions, symposia and conferences, fashion, film, and corporate events, as well as private functions. With multiple configurations, the space features double-height ceilings, movable walls and a translucent front facade that can be positioned to create a seamless indoor-outdoor experience.

“It is a privilege to inaugurate the very first project in the UAE to be designed by the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. The standard of design and technology that the practice has brought to this project highlights the intersections of art and architecture; it is indicative of the level of originality and inspiration that we hope Concrete will host in the months and years to come,” said Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, founder of Alserkal Avenue.

The exhibition will be hosted in collaboration with the Atassi Foundation, presenting modern and contemporary Syrian art during Dubai Art Week in March 2017.