The brainchild of the British artist Idris Khan, the capital's Oasis of Dignity has been recognised for the excellence of its design. By Nick Leech
A memorial to the UAE’s heroes and a celebration of the nation’s unity, Abu Dhabi’s Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity) has been announced as one of the winners of the 2017 American Architecture Prize.
One of 13 winners in the prize’s cultural architecture category, the Oasis of Dignity was selected by a 36-person international jury that included the veteran British architects Will Allsop and Graham Morrison, dRMM Architects co-founder Sadie Morgan, Dan Howarth, the United States editor for influential online architecture and design magazine, Dezeen, and Jennifer Siegal, award-winning founder and principal of the Los Angeles-based firm Office of Mobile Design.
Established last year, the American Architecture Prize is an annual award that assesses projects according to criteria such as design excellence, innovation and function in the fields of architecture, landscape and interior desig. This year it announced awards across 42 categories.
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