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Etihad Museum

Posted on June 24, 2014
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In 2013, the government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) commissioned the design for the new Etihad Museum. Moriyama & Teshima were chosen from a select group of international design offices to collaborate with Halcrow/CH2M-Hill and Lord Cultural Resources. This new national museum is to be located on the site where the unification agreements were signed between the seven emirates on December 2, 1971.

Site features include the restoration of original gardens and historic buildings (Union House and Guesthouse) and re-interpretation of the original shoreline as a new water-feature. The site design also requires a sensitive approach to integrating the historic features with the new museum complex to allow visitors to learn about the site and the events that led to the unification. According to Diarmuid Nash, partner at Moriyama & Teshima, the inspiration for the design was the paper the unification agreement was signed on, and the slated posts in the building symbolize the pens used in the signing.

Museum design includes an entry Pavilion adjacent to the gardens and an underground museum facility with galleries, visitor amenities, an education centre, and collection areas. The museum complex inter-connects public spaces and galleries with the historic buildings, allowing visitors to circulate through the Etihad Museum and into various heritage elements around the site as part of a seamless exhibition and visitor experience.

Architect: Moriyama & Teshima

Story by Joey Huynh

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