The UAE requested a cultural icon to commemorate and inspire future generations toward peace, as well as a design signifying defense, determination, and a proactive presence to ensure it. The structure of the architecture suggests a 'portal' or 'gateway.' It is an invitation to enter the 'capital' of the U.A.E. and signifies arrival, thereby referencing the nearby, historic Maqta Fort. The sustainability requirement led to a series of solutions that resolve structural, thermal, and environmental criteria and utilize the Estidama Building Guidelines.
Masayuki Sono, Martin Stigsgaard, Issei Suma
Peggy A. Loar
Peter Miller, Van Hsin-Hung Tsao, Jenny Kantawan Neenchaisak,
Jin Lee, Belinda Kanpetch, Robert Cui, Anas Alomaim, Matthew Dierdorf