Four designs for Zayed Museum shortlisted

ABU DHABI — Designs by four of the world’s leading architectural firms have been shortlisted as part of the second stage of the international design competition to select an iconic concept for the planned Shaikh Zayed National Museum in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, which lies just 500 metres from the city of Abu Dhabi.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 7 Nov 2007, 8:56 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:35 AM

The shortlisted designs have been selected from 13 invited entries in a competition conceived by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The shortlisted firms are United Kingdom’s Foster & Partners, Norway’s Snohetta, Japan’s Shingeru Ban and Canada’s Moriyama & Teshima.

“In staging this competition we are seeking an architectural design worthy of a tribute to the father of our nation,” said Shaikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA).

The shortlisted concepts include designs that reflect Islamic geometrics, the natural colours of the UAE and all the designs meet the criteria of environmental efficiency and sustainability, paying tribute to Shaikh Zayed’s pioneering efforts towards greening the desert. The competition winner will be announced on December 3, during the UAE’s National Day celebrations.

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