Location: Damascus, Syria
Date: 2011-2013
Client: Majid Al Futtaim Properties
Status: Schematic Design
Size: 2,200 sqm
Credits: ACME Team (Stefano Dal Piva, Marc Dufour-Feronce, Deena Fakhro, Friedrich Ludewig, Marie Isabel de Monseignat, Anna Psenicka, Penny Sperbund)
The Khams Shamat Visitor Gallery is intended to be the first building constructed on a 100 hectare Sabboura site in Syria, an initial marker of quality and a visible sign of Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ intent for the entire Masterplan. Its function during the first fifteen years of its life will be a reception and presentation space for the Sabboura Masterplan as well as the company’s headquarters.
The building is designed for two users, external visitors and employees. For external visitors, the building represents a gallery with a highly orchestrated journey through the exhibits with the flexibility to change and evolve the exhibition as the construction progresses. The employees will be the permanent occupants of this building, and include the head office staff as well as sales and exhibition staff who will receive visitors to the gallery.
The building’s internal space of 2,200m² is divided into four pavilions, located under an over-arching roof that integrates the building into the park. Each of the four pavilions has its own independent function and visual identity, with individual finishes and materials internally, and a unique show façade externally.