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rak gateway

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RAK Gateway is a masterplan by Office for Metropolitan Architecture for a large urban development at Ras Al Khaimah, the northernmost of the United Arab Emirates.

I know this is old, but it’s such a beautiful image of a beautiful vision of living.  Plus, it goes well with other recent strawdog posts like masdar desert city, and an urban masterpiece in yemen

I think what makes it fascinating is how it is ancient and contemporary at the same time.  You see the ancient city wall, the dusty and boxy forms, the closeness of the streets.  But then there’s a divided highway and a monorail going through it.  There is a grid, but then it breaks down and you’re in a park.  Fabric and object buildings coexist and work together to give this spatial flow from walled street to urban garden.  There is a memory of building type, but the design never becomes an orthodoxy.

Here’s a good presentation of it from


Written by Peter Rudd

March 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm

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