The “Green Corner” project of the Sheikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research was ranked among the top 10 architectural projects for the year 2021 by Domus International magazine, specialized in architecture. To enhance cultural cooperation and preserve historical heritage and cultural and civilizational assets in light of the peculiarity of the Emirati-Bahraini relations based on solid ties and solid foundations.
Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, said: “I am delighted to see this project among the top ten architectural designs for 2021. It is encouraging to see how the world notices our work to preserve and restore our heritage and culture.”
She added: “The Green Corner building is an embodiment of the vision of our father, the founding leader, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may he rest in peace, as it is based on the elements of the environment, nature and heritage. The idea of restoring and redesigning the heritage house was a great way to celebrate the centenary of Sheikh Zayed and remember him as a true statesman. He laid the foundations of brotherly relations between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and his presence in the historic city of Muharraq adds to the charm of this project, making it a center for art and culture.
For her part, Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Sheikh Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research, said that the presence of Muharraq again in one of the most important architectural magazines in the world confirms the ancient history of its civilization and the uniqueness of its urban and urban fabric, in addition to the effectiveness of cultural infrastructure projects and sustainable development in attracting global attention at various levels.
She pointed out that this achievement is the fruit of cooperation with the sisterly United Arab Emirates and expressed her thanks to the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi for her constant keenness to advance bilateral cultural relations between the two countries.
She praised the vision and design of the Dutch engineering company “Studio Anne Holtrop”, which implemented the project, stressing that Muharraq as a cultural and civilization center and a creative city in the field of design for UNESCO attracts international capabilities and expertise in the field of design and architectural creativity.
The magazine devoted an entire article to the “Green Corner” project, stressing that it reflects the ability of architectural designs to create an emotional relationship with their surroundings and create a dialogue of art and craft.
The magazine sheds light on the visual identity of the building, which acquires a modern character thanks to the large concrete blocks that it consists of. It quoted the engineer, Anne Holtrop, as saying that the project reinterprets the traditional Bahraini methods of construction, which relied on limestone and sand.
The Green Corner houses a library concerned with archiving art in the Kingdom of Bahrain in general, restoring technical documents and preserving books and paintings.. Its building was designed by the Dutch engineering company “Studio Anne Holtrop”, while the interior design of the building was the work of Ammar Bashir Studio for Artistic Creativity.
The Green Corner was built using open casting of concrete on its four floors, one of which will be dedicated to the restoration of old paintings and books, and the other for cultural promotion.
The building has attracted the attention of the most important specialists in the world of architecture, as El Croquis magazine, published in English and Spanish, and concerned with designs and works of international architecture, placed a picture of the “Green Corner” building on the cover of its newly issued issue.
It is noteworthy that adjacent to the building is the vertical garden built by the Sheikh Ibrahim Center, which was designed by the French botanist “Patrick Blanc”, who established the technique of vertical gardens and whose distinctive designs are known around the world.