In pictures: A look inside Etihad Museum
The recently opened Etihad Museum is designed by Canadian Moriyana & Teshima Architects, and tells the story of the founding of the country.
Designed by Moriyana & Teshima Architects and located next to the historic Union House on the Dubai waterfront, it honours the 1971 signing of the document that created the country and celebrates the culture and history of its people. (ITP Images) “The Etihad Museum tells the story of our Founding Fathers and our journey in the UAE,” said Sheikh Mohammed. (ITP Images) The Canadian-based architects said: “Much of the museum is underground, including permanent and temporary galleries, theatres, event spaces and archival facilities. (ITP Images) Through photos, films, documents, collections and interactive pavilions, visitors will be taken on a journey through the UA’s founding an growth. (ITP Images) “The dramatic entrance pavilion rests lightly upon a reflecting pool and plaza, its undulating parabolic curves representing the parchment upon which the unification agreement was written and its tapering golden columns representing the pens with which the document was signed. (ITP Images) “Lightwells of varying shapes and sizes illuminate the expansive underground spaces, which in turn lead to the circular Union House, the location of the signing ceremony, and the recreated Guest House where the leaders of the seven member emirates resided during negotiations. (ITP Images) “The travertine plaza seamlessly migrates into the pavilion, where space flows across terraced viewing platforms and through the delicate latticework of bronze Jali screens. (ITP Images) “The surrounding landscape treatment includes the re-establishment of the original 1971 shoreline of Jumeirah Beach, which is represented by a reflecting pool and sandy beachfront.”(ITP Images) Located next to the historic Union House on the Dubai waterfront, the museum honours the 1971 signing of the document that created the UAE and celebrates the culture and history of its people. (ITP Images) The Etihad Museum is one of the first contemporary museums of its kind in Dubai. Read more about the identities of museums and culture buildings in the UAE, written by designmena guest columnist and architecture professor and critic, Cristiano Luchetti. (ITP Images)