UAE
ABU DHABI
Four Season AL MarYah
24TH and 25TH JANUARY 2018
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abu dhabi's Wahat Al Karama wins 2017 american architecture prize

Featuring Uap, the global creative studio who worked closely with artist idris khan from concept design to fabrication and installation
Wahat Al Karama Monument comprised of 31 aluminium vertical tablets, the largest soaring 23 meters in height © UAP
Cast aluminium panels handcrafted at UAP's workshop featured Arabic poems from both the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan © UAP
The Pavillion of Honour is a circular structure with seven standing glass panels in the center representing the seven Emirates of the UAE © UAP
Wahat Al Karama covers an area of 46,000 square metres © UAP

Artist – Idris Khan

Art Strategy, Design, Fabrication – UAP

Architecture, Design – bureau^proberts

Engineering – Robert Bird Group

Landscape and Park Master Plan – Aecom 

Artist – Idris Khan

Art Strategy, Design, Fabrication – UAP

Architecture, Design – bureau^proberts

Engineering – Robert Bird Group

Landscape and Park Master Plan – Aecom 

Wahat Al Karama is the winner of the 2017 american architecture prize for cultural projects and shortlisted at 2017 world architecture festival for civic and community projects

Wahat Al Karamat exemplifies the power of fusion between art and architecture in a project that conveys purpose and emotion and creates a place of reflection, serenity and significance for its nation.

UAP collaborated with British artist, Idris Khan, to realise a monument as the centrepiece of the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Memorial Park, ‘Wahat Al Karama’, in Abu Dhabi. Commissioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the memorial honours the members of the UAE Armed Forces and the sacrifices made in support of their country’s sovereignty, dignity and freedom.

The centrepiece of ‘Wahat Al Karama’, meaning “the oasis of dignity”, is a 90-metre long monument comprised of 31 leaning tablets which symbolise the support between soldiers, families and citizens in the face of adversity. Clad with over 850 cast aluminium panels, sections of the tablets are sandblasted and stamped with poems by emirs of the UAE. The ‘Pavilion of Honour’ positioned at the end of the memorial journey was designed by Khan in collaboration with bureau^proberts. The internal walls of the pavilion are clad with over 2,700 plates cast from 11 tons of recycled aluminium sourced from decommissioned armoured vehicles. The plates are embedded with names of UAE heroes whose lives have been lost in service.

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