Architectural Design Competition Exhibition Opening for AMQF Cultural Centre and Palestine Office
RAMALLAH – The A. M. Qattan Foundation celebrates the opening of an architectural design exhibition from the 15th to the 17th of October at Birzeit University.
The exhibition displays submissions to an international competition for the design of the Foundation’s new Cultural Centre and Palestine Office building in Ramallah. The building will be located on a site of almost 6,000m² and will accommodate the organisation’s administrative and service needs over the coming decade and beyond.
The event is part of the Foundation’s vision to engage the community in the selection of the best architectural design through voting for their favourite design at the exhibition or electronically through a dedicated competition website. Public votes and comments will be taken into account in the process of determining and developing the winning design.
Design proposal from four participating international architecture offices are displayed. The four participants are: Donaire Arquitectos from Seville, Spain; Francisco Mangado Arquitectos from Pamplona, Spain; MRJ Rundell & Associates from London, UK and Pesquera Ulargui Arquitectos from Madrid, Spain.
Design submissions will be adjudicated by a five-member panel comprising international architectural design and research expertise as well as members of the Foundation and its Board of Trustees. The project design brief was developed based on the Foundation’s 15-year experience and on deliberations with a range of partners and beneficiaries.
The building is intended both as an architectural landmark and a flagship for cultural production and development in which people can freely interact, share, access information and project their ideas. It must embody the values of the Foundation with its forward-looking commitment to innovation, originality and artistic flair while acknowledging the past in all its rich complexities. The Foundation hopes that the whole competition and execution process will raise awareness about how the built fabric design may improve the quality of urban life in social, cultural and economic terms.
The new building will house the general management of the Foundation, the main office of the Qattan Centre for Educational Research and Development and the Culture and Arts Programme. In parallel, several components of a public nature are to be incorporated, including a multi-purpose hall, an art gallery, a library and book cafe.