Bait Sheikh Mohamed Bin KhalifaRealized
|United Arab Emirates
|Architectural Design > Public facilities
Bait Mohamed Bin Khalifa is a cultural restoration project to preserve and rehabilitate a major building in the context of the UAE’s recent history, as it is a tangible evidence of the ‘Transition Period’, the crucial period between the pre-oil and post-oil eras.
The cultural project is also an important landmark as it was located at the gates of Al Ain city, and it was the first visible house for people accessing Al Ain from Abu Dhabi. Furthermore, because it was built near a falaj, it represents a link between traditional pre-oil settlements (near the water sources) and the modern era (when the location of dwellings no longer depends on the availability of water). Although the building typology was traditional, the house was built using concrete, an innovative material during the Transition Period.