Register: AUG/30/2019, Submit: SEP/01/2019, Eligibility: Architects, engineers, designers, students; individually, (multidisciplinary) teams up to 4 members, Fee: 70 USD (APR/01 – APR/30/2019), 85 USD (MAY/01 – JUL/31/2019), 100 USD (AUG/01 – AUG/30/2019), Awards: Winner: 5,000 USD; 2nd & 3rd Prize: 1,000 USD each; People’s Choice Award: 500 USD; Winner, 2nd & 3rd Prize & People’s Choice Award: trip to the 2019 Award Ceremony (flights and hotel); 7 Honorable Mentions; Top 20
The third largest of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Sharjah covers approximately 2,600 km2. In addition to Sharjah City, which lies on the shores of the Gulf, the emirate has three regions that make up its scenic east coast: Dibba Al Hisn, Khor Fakkan and Kalba. The city keeps its heritage alive through the artwork and history displayed at several museums and exhibitions. In fact, a special devoted zone known as the Sharjah Heritage area is famous for its museums, which are among the best in the United Arab Emirates.
The Al Tarfa neighbourhood is one of the newly developed and planned districts in Sharjah located on the highway to Dubai and Ajman. The land-use of Al Tarfa is mostly residential with service centres; the irregular quadrilateral plot is situated on the edge of the neighbourhood and is accessible through a network of roads.
In 2017 the Sharjah government had given Barjeel Foundation the right of use of a land in Sharjah for the sole purpose of constructing a museum for the Barjeel collection. Area of the plot is: 6,594.6 m2.
Participants are asked to design an architectural and cultural landmark that hosts the Barjeel collection and represents modern art, architecture and design in the Arab world. As a contemporary museum it is important that the project does not become a historic pastiche but is relevant to contemporary architectural discourse whilst being informed by local cultural heritage and environmental conditions.
The following spaces are for guidance and the designers may add other spaces they find necessary:
- Museum shop
- Exhibition spaces (Permanent collection + rotating exhibitions)
- Film screening rooms
- Multipurpose rooms for workshops, lectures and seminars
- A rooftop/open air facility for talks and seminars
- Storage facility for over a 1,000 works with space for tables for artwork handling and conservation facilities
- Library and archive
- Meeting and seminar rooms
- Cafeteria for visitors
- Offices for staff
- Pantry for staff
- Washrooms (for staff and for visitors) + lockers facilities
Some things to think about:
- A dynamic visitor experience
- Storytelling experience, especially for the permanent collection
- Barriers for sculptural works
- Museum Branding
- Accessibility, circulation and wayfinding
- Natural light in some galleries, but not others
- Considerations for some ‘lingering’ areas – where visitors can stop to admire particular works.
- Local architectural elements.
- Landscape, open spaces and sustainability.
- The harsh desert climate and natural environment.
- Architectural treatment and screening of the neighbouring gas station.
BARJEEL ART FOUNDATION
Barjeel Art Foundation is an independent, UAE-based initiative established to manage, preserve and exhibit an extensive collection of modern and contemporary Arab Art. The foundation’s guiding principle is to contribute to the intellectual development of the art scene in the Arab region by building a prominent, publicly accessible art collection in the UAE.