We provided restoration consultancy to CEBRA Architecture on the restoration and refurbishment of the Cultural Foundation and its arcaded courtyards in Qasr Al Hosn, which is Abu Dhabi’s cultural heart and oldest cultural heritage site.
Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi)
CEBRA Architecture, GHD, KossmannDejong, ProDenkmal
Opposite Abu Dhabi’s historic Qasr Al Hosn Fort sits the Cultural Foundation, a listed fair-faced concrete cultural centre of Bauhaus origins completed in 1981. While the fort represents the historic memory and origin of the city, the Cultural Foundation is the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi as the first institution dedicated to the arts and literature of the region, thus holding a prominent position as an architectural landmark representing the city’s modern heritage.
The comprehensive refurbishment is a pioneering project for the conservation of the Emirate’s modernist architectural heritage from the 1970’s and 1980’s, ensuring a tangible connection to the origins of the relatively young metropolis while celebrating modernisation and urbanisation within a city in rapid growth.
Fotos: Mikkel Frost, CEBRA