It was Vitruvuis, writing in ancient Rome around 30 BC, who set out the three elements of architecture as “commodity, firmness, and delight.” For me, what he said still holds true and I’ve said it before. The architect must sell what she/he creates, it must be engineeringly and architecturally sound and it must be a piece of art so to speak.
I’m going to remind you of some projects and show you some photographs that have been talked about a great deal because they are completed or about to be. They are in Abu Dhabi – the cousin of the Vegas-y Dubai. Abu Dhabi has chosen to develop another way a cultural way, a smarter way in my opinion. It was AD that ‘bailed out’ Dubai during the financial crisis of late.
Just off the coast of Abu Dhabi city, Saadiyat Island is undergoing a remarkable transformation to become a world-class leisure, residential, business and cultural hub of global proportions, “housing the worlds largest single concentration of premier cultural assets.”
Tease will include Zayed National Museum, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, a performing arts centre and maritime museum which, combined, will make up the worlds largest single concentration of premier cultural institutions. All these prestigious cultural assets have been designed by architectural luminaries such as Lord Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and Tado.