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Architecture: Abu Dhabi Ladies Club

October 26, 2010

Tony Owen Partners and UPA Planning create a facility in Abu Dhabi specifically for women from the United Arab Emirates.

Construction is now well advanced on the Abu Dhabi Ladies Club by Tony Owen Partners and UPA Planning. This unique facility has been designed specifically for women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and provides a range of health, education, child care and sporting facilities for women. The project is expected to be completed in February.

The project is 30,000 square metres and is located on the waterfront in Abu Dhabi City. The facility will contain a 1000-seat function hall, conference hall and accommodation, multi-purpose auditorium, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a spa facility, women’s health facilities, craft and education facilities and children’s creche and recreation areas. Business resources and training for women in the UAE will also be provided and the centre will eventually contain a water park and gardens.

The design is derived from the folding of traditional Islamic fabrics and patterns and consists of a series of wings arranged around a central covered festival space. The roofs are made from a unique pattern using 2 types of PVC fabric; a solid fabric and a translucent lace fabric. A feature of the design is a series of large fabric roof forms derived from the petals of a flower, which allows for areas of shade and areas of natural light.

The facades of the curved stone clad walls contain a distinctive window patterning, based on the branching pattern of foliage and derived using computer generated ‘L-System’ modelling.

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