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Dewan Architects to design Basra Culture Center in Iraq

10 Sep 2012 (Last Updated September 10th, 2012 18:30)

Dewan Architects and Engineers has secured a contract from the Basra Governorate in Iraq to design and supervise the construction of the Basra Culture Center.

Basra Culture Center in Iraq

Dewan Architects and Engineers has secured a contract from the Basra Governorate in Iraq to design and supervise the construction of the Basra Culture Center.

The Basra Culture Center will be located on a 15,275m² plot of land near Shatt Al-Basra and will form part of Basra’s new administrative complex.

With a total built up area of 20,868m², the complex will also house the new Basra Governorate headquarter offices.

The complex will be equipped with the latest sound, acoustics, and lighting technology to host different cultural events and festivals.

The building will have space for fine arts exhibitions, meeting rooms, conference halls, heritage museums, cinema halls, a theatre, radio and television broadcasting department, a public library, cafeteria and green areas.

The facade of the building will be designed in diagonal square shaped openings, similar to the ‘dots’ in Arabic calligraphy, and the size of the openings shrink gradually closer to the main entrance void.

The central void will feature sequential ramps, connected on different levels, linking the two parts of the building to provide access to inner spaces.

Dewan founder, chairman and managing director Mohamed Al Assam said that the Basra Culture Center will be the cultural platform of the city.

"With the city’s importance in mind, our design is modern and contemporary, while still celebrating Basra’s heritage and cultural and commercial legacy, thus reflecting a bright image of the city for many years to come," Al Assam said.

Dewan is already working on the Baghdad Rotana Hotel and Shaza Karbala Hotel projects in Iraq.


Image: The Basra Culture Center will form part of Basra’s new administrative complex. Photo: Dewan Architects and Engineers.