Abu Dhabi’s oldest heritage site, Al Hosn cultural site has won the Gold Accolade at the 2021 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards, beating six world-class global competitors in the ‘Mixed Use’ category.
The Al Hosn cultural site is a key historic landmark that encapsulates the development of Abu Dhabi, standing as a living memorial. It has witnessed the emirate’s evolution from a traditional residential community focussed on pearl diving, to today’s thriving capital city.
The global WAN Awards, now in its 13th year, acknowledge excellent architecture, recognizing the outstanding works of innovative, visionary and imaginative architects globally. The 2021 WAN Awards were judged by an extensive panel of leading international experts who put entries through a rigorous evaluation process.
“It is a tremendous honor and privilege for Al Hosn to be recognized at the prestigious World Architecture News Awards, especially as it was up against illustrious competition from around the world. Al Hosn is a true reminder of our living history and has become symbolic of our nation’s solidarity, heritage and traditions. This historic site is where Abu Dhabi’s transformational journey began, and it will continue to play a vital role at the heart of the emirate’s story, representing our proud past and the legacy of the ‘father of our nation’, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.”
In addition to Qasr Al Hosn, the Cultural Foundation, and the House of Artisans, Al Hosn also features the National Consultative Council, and the internationally-lauded Al Hosn Musalla (mosque).
The Al Hosn site also offers a selection of restaurants and cafes such as Mirzam Chocolate Makers, The Espresso Lab, and Wild and the Moon, as well as Erth.