We provided restoration consultancy to CEBRA Architecture on the restoration and modernisation of the Cultural Foundation and its arcade-encircled 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 nearby fort represents the historic memory and origins of the city, the Cultural Foundation is the cultural heart of Abu Dhabi as the region’s first institution dedicated to the arts and literature. Thus, the building holds 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 1970s and 1980s, ensuring a tangible connection to the origins of the relatively young metropolis while celebrating modernisation and urbanisation within a city in rapid growth.
Photos: Mikkel Frost, CEBRA
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See and hear Amel Chabbi, Conservation Section Head, and Yasmeen Al Rashdi, Modern and Urban Heritage Unit Head within the Historic Environment Department at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, talking about preserving the modern heritage in Abu Dhabi. The video has been filmed primarily at Cultural Foundation and the surrounding landscape, which is a part of Cebra’s Masterplan for the Al Hosn area.