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Wahat Al Karama memorial in Abu Dhabi wins American Architecture Award

The UAE’s first Memorial Park celebrating martyred soldiers and the nation’s unity is one of the winners of the 2017 American Architecture Prize.

Located in Abu Dhabi, the Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity) memorial was selected for the cultural architecture category, among projects such as Bahá’i Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile by Hariri Pontarini Architects; Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York by CetraRuddy Architecture; as well as the Da Chang Muslim Cultural Centre in Hebei Province, China.

Oasis of Dignity is one of 13 winners in the cultural category, selected by 36 international judges that included British architects Will Allsop and Graham Morrison; Sadie Morgan, co-founder of dRMM Architects; and Jennifer Siegal, founder and principal of LA-based Office of Mobile Design.

The awards programme was established last year, and spans across fields of architecture, landscape and interior design.

The UAE memorial was completed last year, is symbolically located between Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces.

At the heart of the park is an impressive sculpture by British artist Idris Khan which makes up the main Memorial.

The park also features a glass pavilion also designed by Khan in collaboration with Brisbane-based architects bureau proberts and engineering consultancy Robert Bird Group.

The overall masterplan and landscape design was completed by engineering firm AECOM.