Dutch architect Koolhaas, curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, at the exhibition.
AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis
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What makes Al Quoz distinctive, though, is what it makes: this is the cradle of the city, a place preoccupied with Dubai's single industry, the construction of an even bigger, taller and slicker Dubai.Alserkal Avenue has become Dubai's densest and most fascinating arts district (albeit without much competition), a grid within a grid of tin sheds repurposed as galleries, foundations, studios, cafes and workshops.So when architects OMA came to build a vast new art shed in the centre of the site, they stuck to the successful language of industrial architecture and built a huge hangar of a building. The front facade is made up of similarly rotating doors that enhance the Zeppelin-hangar feel and allow the gallery to open up to the small square outside, the space with its cafe that has become the heart of the emerging arts district.In a way the whole structure is like a theatre's backstage – with its huge doors, ceiling grid, functional finishes and endless variation in spatial configuration, this is an architecture of performance.
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