BARJEEL MUSEUM FOR MODERN ARAB ART IN SHARJAH ©2019
Design Team : Mohamed Samy - Tarek Ali - Samaa Abdelkareem - Mohamed Sarhan
Visualization : Mohamed Sarhan - Mohamed Samy - Mohamed Bekhit
Type : Museum
Type : Museum
Location : Sharjah - UAE
Plot area : 6000 m²
the following is our entry to the competition launched by Tamayouz Excllenece Award / Rifat Chadirji Prize.
the competition subject was "Barjeel Museum for modern Arab art in Sharjah - UAE".
participants were asked to design an architectural and cultural landmark that hosts the Barjeel collection and represents modern art, architecture and design in the Arab world.
The winners were selected out of 190 submissions from 44 countries, The Rifat Chadirji Prize also recognized a People’s Choice Award (selected by a wider group of academics and practicing architects) and that was our proposal.
The design seeks to show the role of art as a history storyteller from its own perspective and this was appeared by evoking the collective memory and employ them through the modern era with its needs and features based on diversity and coexistence by accepting the others And this was reflected by designing public plaza inspired by the idea of the ancient Arab courtyard for cultural and artistic events in turn to reverse the current image and open to the sky to be connected with nature the main source of inspiration for art.
Modern art is largely symbolic and expressive, as the Arab region has undergone complex political events that have influenced art the external effects on identity appeared so that it develops with the events although the identity remains influential and strong and remaining The spatial experience expresses this by transitions from the external arena and move within the galleries connected visually or implicitly the inner courtyard and gradient levels to reach the highest point open to the sky again to overlook out over the courtyard and see the project completely to reflect the full picture of art.
The Museum of Modern Arab Art reflects the Arab identity in a contemporary way where the main entrance is emphasized to penetrate the traditional skyline that preserves the Arab identity and Sharjah in particular to announce its modern personality Which is commensurate with being a museum incubator of art of lines that simulate the flow of Arabic fonts (calligraphy) and by adding water features at the entrance as a witness of the Arab history and their companion throughout and a common starting point for Arabs and a real influence on their lives.