Abwab Pavilion

Best Project of Public Building or Facility

About the project
The Pavilion offers a distinguished journey of discovery and joy that is inspired by local notions and references. The form of the pavilion is inspired by the silhouettes of sand dunes in UAE while the facade treatment pays tribute to traditional mashrabiyas that is reinterpreted as stacked layers of recycled rubber tiles. The Pavilion sends a clear message that provokes a trend of recycling in architecture and design scenes, a sustainable look to the future.
The Pavilion is comprised of tangential cylinders/rooms that open into each other and take the visitors in a journey of discovery moving between the various exhibits, seating areas and then arriving to a central open to sky cafe. The movement will provoke curiosity and encourage people to go inside and check local talents and exhibits. The cylinders are layered towards the core with the edge being the most public/open and the center having a special moment of socializing.

Dubai Design District, Dubai, the UAE

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Applicant and authors of the project
NEO Architecture.
Founded in 2020 by Jacky Tang and Yazeed Obeid who met in 2017 while working at X-Architects, Dubai. The design duo co-designed and led multiple projects together. Prior to their work in Dubai, Jacky practiced at Kengo Kuma and Sou Fujimoto Architects in Japan while Yazeed practiced at Sahel Al Hiyari Architects in Jordan. Despite their cultural and background differences, NEO Architecture brought together their diverse architectural thinking and practical design experience.