Abu Dhabi’s Al Hosn cultural site wins international architecture award

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Abu Dhabi’s historic cultural site, Al Hosn, has been awarded gold at the 2021 World Architecture News Awards, topping a shortlist of six other international sites in the “Mixed Use” category.

Al Hosn is home to Qasr Al Hosn, the capital’s oldest and most important historic building, which housed the ruling family for centuries and was the seat of the emirate’s original government.

Other major components of the complex include the Cultural Foundation, established in 1981 as the first multi-purpose cultural center in the United Arab Emirates, and the House of Craftsmen, dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Emirati crafts and practices.

Al Hosn also offers open spaces for events and public gatherings.

The judges said the design of the 140,000 square meter cultural site combined modernity with the emirate’s maritime and desert heritage.

Other contenders for the top spot were: Shanghai’s Baoshan Exhibition Center, which is located in an eco-industrial park; Northtown Affordable Seniors Housing and Public Library in Chicago; Harbord Diggers Club, a multi-generational community center in Sydney; Düsseldorf’s new green retail structure, Ko-Bogen II; and One Excellence Shenzhen Development.

“It is a huge honor and privilege for Al Hosn to be recognized at the prestigious World Architecture News Awards, especially as he came up against illustrious competitors from all over the world,” Saood Abdulaziz Al said. Hosani, Undersecretary of the Department of Culture and Tourism. – Abu Dhabi.

“Al Hosn is a true reminder of our living history and has become a symbol of our nation’s solidarity, heritage and traditions. This historic site is where Abu Dhabi’s transformation journey began, and it will continue to play a vital role at the heart of the emirate’s history, representing our proud past and the legacy of the “father of our nation”, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Al Hosn is also home to the National Advisory Council, where discussions regarding the unification of the emirates have taken place, and Al Hosn Musalla, whose design recently won first prize in the Completed Building – Religion category at the 2019 World Architecture Festival , and was nominated for the Best Building of the Year award.

Visitors can also find restaurants and cafes in the area, such as Mirzam Chocolate Makers, The Espresso Lab, and Wild & The Moon, as well as Erth.

Now in its 13th year, the Global WAN Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in architecture.

Updated: January 17, 2022, 11:53 a.m.

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