The Dubai Design Museum, Islamic Animation Center in Riyadh, and Muscat Viewer and Exposition Center were named as among the GCC’s most innovative projects in the Archiprix International 2017 competition,
Experts agree that these students will drive the GCC’s $2 trillion construction project pipeline, according to a recent Deloitte report.
“Middle East students are global innovators in using architecture and urban design to drive innovation in the region’s construction industry. These Archiprix proposals aim to solve pressing global challenges such as urbanisation, housing and infrastructure,” said Frans van de Laak, General Manager for Hunter Douglas Middle East.
The Archiprix International 2017 awards recognize 19 architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture student proposals from the MENA region.
The Middle East projects also included 3D Desert Printing for sustainable housing in the Sinai Peninsula; the Film Factory studio in Beirut, Lebanon; Jordan’s Panspermia for sustainable municipal solid waste management; and the Syrian Art Museum.
Previous Archiprix projects from the GCC included Reviving Al Ain Oasis, which involved the design of a botanical center for research, entertainment and education using the 3,000 year old falaj irrigation system, a Recycling Center for Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and Qatar’s Al Wakrah Water Front Resort, a model for eco-friendly development.
Winners of Archiprix 2017 will be announced in February 2017, as an initiative of the Archiprix Foundation, a partnership of Dutch educational institutions.