US, UAE colloborate on parliament building design
Design by Ehrlich, GAJ, ValleyCrest embodies unique UAE identity
US-based architecture firm Ehrlich Architects has won the design competition to build the UAE's Federal National Council (FNC) building.
The tender, floated by the Federal National Council, was awarded to the Los Angeles-based company on 5 January to build the 120,773 million square metre monument at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Initially, 14 firms representing nine countries were invited in early 2010 to submit entries in Phase 1 of the competition for the new FNC building.
In the more detailed second phase, four companies – Ehrlich Architects (US), Foster + Partners (UK), Massimiliano Fuksas Architects (Italy) and and Zaha Hadid Architects (UK) – were shortlisted for the project.
Ehrlich Architects teamed up with UAE-based architecture firm Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) and landscape architecture firm ValleyCrest Design Group in the second phase to create a scheme for the new parliament building that embodies the unique identity of the UAE.
“The new parliament building complex will balance Islamic heritage with the UAE’s global contemporary aspirations, where modernity and tradition are in harmonious balance,” said Ehrlich Architects design principal Steven Ehrlich.
The winning entry melds familiar Arabic design language with contemporary form and the latest technological advances, creating meaning, maximum functionality and environmental sustainability.
The design is anchored by a striking 100m-diameter dome structure that will create a shaded micro-environment while casting Islamic patterns of dappled light onto the white marble assembly hall. The dome will be lit dramatically at night.