Bahrain-based Green Corner Building has been named as one of the ten best architectural projects of 2021 by Domus, an international architecture and design magazine.
Green Corner Building, located in Muharraq, was opened in January last year with the support of the UAE to commemorate the Year of Zayed and to promote cultural cooperation between the UAE and Bahrain.
The project is operated under the auspices of Sheikh Ibrahim Centre for Culture and Research. It aims to preserve the historical heritage and cultural assets of the two countries and strengthen their bilateral ties.
The Green Corner project is being transformed into a library housing an archive of art in Bahrain. It will also be a site for the restoration of artistic documents and the preservation of old books and paintings. The building was designed by the Dutch Architectural firm Studio Ann Holtrup, and the interior design of the building was the work of Ammar Basheir Creative Studio.
The four floors of the building were made by the open casting of concrete. One full floor has been dedicated to the restoration of paintings and old books and manuscripts, another floor is being used for cultural promotion.
“I am delighted to see this project being featured among the top ten architectural designs of the year 2021. It’s heartening to see how the world is taking notice of our work for the preservation and restoration of our heritage and culture. It is a manifestation of the vision of our late Founding Father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as it builds on the elements of environment, nature and heritage. The idea of restoring and redesigning the heritage house was a great way to commemorate Sheikh Zayed’s centenary and remember him as a true statesman who laid the foundation of friendly ties between the UAE and Bahrain.”
Sheikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Sheikh Ibrahim Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Centre for Culture and Research, said, “The feature on Al Muharraq is one of the top architectural magazines in the world goes to show the city’s rich cultural legacy and the uniqueness of its urban landscape. It also shows the impact of cultural infrastructure projects and sustainable development in attracting global attention at various levels.”
Domus magazine featured a full-length article about the Green Corner project. The magazine noted that the project reflects the ability of architectural designs to create an emotional relationship with its surroundings and forge dialogue in the language of art and craftsmanship.