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OMA and Inside Outside use thousands of triangular columns to create immersive monument in Dubai
United Arab Emirates Architecture News - Mar 4, 2019 - 03:49 9136 views
Named Ethar – Honoring Generosity, the installation is designed for a charity which is initiated by the YBK Group, Mr. Yasser Bin Khediya, and is being carried out by the Dubai based Ethar Foundation.
Using thousands of triangular columns, the installation is arrayed like a magnetic field and points towards a rectangular Plaza in the heart of the installation. "Ethar – Honoring Generosity" is envisioned as a field of columns engraved with stories from Arabic scholars, scientists and thinkers, unified in a monumental landscape embodying generosity and knowledge.
"The installation celebrates the unique culture of charitable giving in the United Arab Emirates with a physical installation that is part of the urban landscape of Dubai," said OMA.
Walking through, visitors first encounter a field of small pillars at the boundary of the site, which further inwards turns into a street with dramatic perspective effects as the columns grow taller, opening up in a public square in the center.
The density of columns creates a pleasant micro-climate further enhanced by shading devices through which the installation will become a playful social space. The ambition is to make these columns out of recycled aluminum, a building material that is 100 % recyclable.
At night, a spectacle of illumination enhances the dynamics of the column landscape with lights gradually shifting from wide to sharp and cold to warm. Rows of stainless steel lightning fixtures mark the plaza, and enhance the gesture of movement in the design.
Located on Jumeirah Beach, the installation's character can also adapted to different contexts: groups of columns can also be dispersed throughout the city, appearing in key urban locations as a symbol for Emirati culture.
The project emphasizes the importance of valuing talent and education, and will be realized under the patronage of leading governmental charity organizations. Funds raised by the sponsoring of individual columns will be used to support charities with a focus on education in the UAE.
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