OMA to revamp Alserkal Avenue in Dubai, UAE

15 March 2016 (Last Updated March 15th, 2016 18:30)

Netherlands-based architecture firm OMA will transform a group of four warehouses, located at Dubai's Alserkal Avenue into a multi-functional venue for holding cultural events.

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Netherlands-based architecture firm OMA will transform a group of four warehouses, located at Dubai's Alserkal Avenue into a multi-functional venue for holding cultural events.

The new space covers an area of 1,000m² and is expected to open later this year.

Claimed to be OMA's first built project in Dubai, the project seeks to provide the Alserkal Avenue area with a centrally located place to organise various public events, exhibitions, fashion shows and conferences of large magnitude.

Situated in the Al Qouz industrial area, Alserkal Avenue currently has 25 contemporary art galleries and arts spaces.

It was established in 2007 in order to promote cultural efforts in the region.

As part of the transformation, a flexible floor plan with four 8.10m moveable walls, which rotate or slide, will be included with an aim to allow the new structure to accommodate various configurations depending upon the type of event.

"The space will offer a new opportunity to facilitate a closer dialogue between east and west while strengthening the infrastructure for the arts locally."

The entrance will have full-height transparent sliding doors, which boosts the continuity between the interior and exterior as well as extend the action and events to the public square outside.

The revamp plan also includes wrapping up of the existing exterior shell in a customised concrete spray.

Alserkal Avenue director Vilma Jurkute said: "We are witnessing growing demand from the international art scene within the regional arts landscape.

"Alserkal Avenue has always pushed the potential for the art scene; the space will offer a new opportunity to facilitate a closer dialogue between east and west while strengthening the infrastructure for the arts locally."


Image: The new space, covering area of 1,000m², is expected to open later this year. Photo: courtesy of OMA