Now available: Contemporary architecture in the United Arab Emirates

March 16, 2011

Yas Hotel & Marina; main hotel section with fountain, night lighting, Asymptote Architecture. 2009, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.ARTstor continues to expand its coverage of international architecture with the release of more than 1,100 new direct capture photographs documenting contemporary architecture in the United Arab Emirates from ART on FILE.

In their most recent ARTstor-sponsored campaign, photographers Colleen Chartier and Rob Wilkinson focused on the cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Dubai is the site of many recent large-scale construction projects, including the Burj Khalifa (Skidmore, Owings and Merrell), which was completed in January 2010, and is the world's tallest building at 2,717 ft. Chartier and Wilkinson also photographed the Meydan Racecourse (TAK architects), the longest building in the world; the Burj Al Arab (Tom Wright of Atkins), a hotel constructed on an artificial island; the Dubai Marina (Emaar Properties), a man-made marina district; and the Rose Tower (Khatib & Alami Group), the world's tallest building used exclusively as a hotel. In the city of Abu Dhabi they photographed the new Sheikh Zayed Mosque (Yousef Abdelki (architect), Halcrow Group (engineers)), a project enormous in size (it holds 44,000 people for prayer sessions) and spectacular in rich exterior and interior detail, and the Yas Hotel (Asymptote Architects), which features a Formula One racetrack that passes through the hotel, and a net-like roof consisting of thousands of light panels that change colors. Other buildings in the collection include Capital Gate (RMJM Architects), the largest leaning tower in the world, Al Jazira Stadium, and the new Ferrari World (Benoy Architects), a low undulating design with a roof surface of 200,000 sq. meters still under construction.

These new photographs bring the total in the Digital Library to more than 11,700 images by ART on FILE, including selections from its remarkable archive of slides and transparencies documenting contemporary architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and public art around the world. ARTstor has also sponsored other campaigns for ART on FILE to create new digital photographs of contemporary architecture in the United States and Europe (Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia).

View the collection in the Digital Library: http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/artonfile


For more detailed information about this collection, visit Contemporary Architecture, Urban Design, and Public Art (ART on FILE Collection) page.


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Image credits

Yas Hotel & Marina; main hotel section with fountain, night lighting, Asymptote Architecture. 2009, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Image and original data provided by ART on FILE, www.artonfile.com