Medical housing compound in Sudan designed by Tamassociati

Italian architects Tamassociati design a sustainable housing compound for Emergency NGO using discarded containers All images and information courtesy of Tamassociati; © by Tamassociati Although Sudan is not typically considered part of the Mena region we’d like to draw your attention to this project to show how simple socially responsible and sustainable design can be […]

Benetton HQ Tehran by AquiliAlberg

Competition entry by Milanese Architects AquiliAlberg All images and information courtesy of AquiliAlberg; © by AquiliAlberg Architects The designers of AquiliAlberg have sent us their design for the Benetton headquarters competition – we share it with you on desMena: An office design that receives its identity from interweaving form and structure In Persia, language has […]

Darat King Abdullah II, by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

A performing arts centre for the Jordanian capital Amman, designed by Austrian architects Delugan Meissl. All images and information courtesy of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects; © by Delugan Meissl; See project details below for detailed credits. Delugan Meissl architects have sent us some information on their performing arts centre project in Amman, Jordan and we […]

Centre de Formation aux Métiers du Développement Durable, Marrakech by Studio Mikou

“A raised building, composed of crosswise bands, suspended in mid-air between courtyards and gardens” All images, graphics and information courtesy of Mikou design studio; © by Mikou design studio; see detailed project credits at the end of this article “A lively succession of barrel vaults that create a dynamic landscape” Studio Mikou have sent us […]

Gemayze Residential by Paul Kaloustian

Residential building designed by Beirut based Architect Paul Kaloustian All images and information by Paul Kaloustian Architects, Beirut; © by Paul Kaloustian Paul Kaloustian Architects have provided us with some information about their latest Beirut project, which creates shaded private “ïn-between” spaces for future residents using fabric skin that allows muted transparency and a continuously […]

“Al Manakh: Gulf Continued” launched in Abu Dhabi

The second edition of Al Manakh was launched in Abu Dhabi at Paris La Sorbonne University in the presence of Rem Koolhaas, key senior executives of the UPC and Pink Tank. Information courtesy of Pink Tank; Image by Pink Tank Al Manakh: Gulf Continued Al Manakh: Gulf Continued is an essential and comprehensive guide to […]

I.B.3, Beirut by Bernard Khoury / DW5

Residential project in the Gemmayzé area of Beirut designed by Lebanese architects Bernard Khoury / DW5 All images, plans and information courtesy of Bernard Khoury / DW5; © by Bernard Khoury / DW5 Bernards Khoury and DW5 have provided us with some images of their project I.B.3 in Beirut. We share it with you on desMena. […]

House of Arts and Culture, Beirut by Mikou design studio

Beirut expands its cultural portfolio with a new art centre designed by Parisian design studio Mikou All images, graphics and information courtesy of Mikou design studio; © by Mikou design studio; see detailed credits at the end of this article House of Arts and Culture, Beirut Similar to Beirut, the House of the Arts and […]

Grand Egyptian Museum, Giza by Loos Architects

Entry for the architectural competition in 2002 All images, graphics, plans and information courtesy of Loos Architects; © by Loos Architects The competition for the design of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) was the largest architectural competition in history with 1557 entries from 82 countries. After we presented the winning design by Heneghan Peng here […]

Arabsat Headquarters, Riyadh by heneghan.peng.architects

All information and images courtesy of heneghan.peng.architects. Copyright by desMena The design of the new headquarters for Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) was the subject of an international competition commissioned by the Arriyadh Development Authority in 2008. heneghan.peng.architects with Buro Happold engineers won the competition and were subsequently appointed in March 2009.