“Since the suffering of Beirut—and its beautiful people—I live in anxiety everyday not knowing if I can ever go back home to my motherland. I donate this work to help fight evil and support the beautiful soul of Beirut.” —Wael Al Awar, waiwai

 

Wael Al Awar has donated a pair of unique, signed drawings, both depicting Hayy: Creative Hub, a mixed-use arts center in Jeddah. According to the architect, the center is “a first-of-its-kind in Saudi Arabia, that encourages the broader public to interact with art, music, film, architecture, and local innovation.”

 

He goes on, “Fundamental to the project is the main central courtyard, which acts as the driver of the architecture and the programmatic heart of the community. On the building’s upper levels, the courtyard is surrounded by shaded, staggered terraces that serve as extensions of the courtyard, and allow it to be conceived as a spatial whole that connects every level of the project. On the ground floor, the courtyard is enhanced by seating among natural vegetation and greenery. With its strategic placement in the programmatic arrangement, the courtyard's central position provides direct, continuous connections to the architecture's services: art exhibition spaces, cinema, comedy club and theatre, library, artist studios, restaurant, commercial art vendors, and multi-use spaces.”

 

Architect Wael Al Awar founded waiwai in 2009, after moving back to the Middle East from Tokyo. With interests in natural phenomena, landscape and formless diagrams of relations, Wael has a multi-disciplinary approach to design and is always looking to challenge conventional processes to push the boundaries of design. His projects layer his individual design sensibilities into an architecture of natural light, time, structure and landscape.

 

waiwai is an award-winning, multidisciplinary architecture, landscape, graphic and urban design studio with offices in Dubai and Tokyo. Known for addressing the social, environmental, economical and technological aspects of architectural projects, the firm has worked on prominent cultural institutions such as Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf waterfront sculpture park, Al Warqa’a mosque, Hai d3 and Jeddah’s Hayy: Creative Hub. Formerly known as ibda design (meaning “start” in Arabic), in 2019 the firm was renamed waiwai—a Japanese onomatopoeia that refers to the sound of a cheering crowd—to mark its 10-year anniversary.


DESIGNER/

waiwai

DATE/

September 2020

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Ink & Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper

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84 x 30 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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Wael Al Awar Hayy Creative Hub Drawings; Set of 2, Unique, Signed $3,000>

“Since the suffering of Beirut—and its beautiful people—I live in anxiety everyday not knowing if I can ever go back home to my motherland. I donate this work to help fight evil and support the beautiful soul of Beirut.” —Wael Al Awar, waiwai

 

Wael Al Awar has donated a pair of unique, signed drawings, both depicting Hayy: Creative Hub, a mixed-use arts center in Jeddah. According to the architect, the center is “a first-of-its-kind in Saudi Arabia, that encourages the broader public to interact with art, music, film, architecture, and local innovation.”

 

He goes on, “Fundamental to the project is the main central courtyard, which acts as the driver of the architecture and the programmatic heart of the community. On the building’s upper levels, the courtyard is surrounded by shaded, staggered terraces that serve as extensions of the courtyard, and allow it to be conceived as a spatial whole that connects every level of the project. On the ground floor, the courtyard is enhanced by seating among natural vegetation and greenery. With its strategic placement in the programmatic arrangement, the courtyard's central position provides direct, continuous connections to the architecture's services: art exhibition spaces, cinema, comedy club and theatre, library, artist studios, restaurant, commercial art vendors, and multi-use spaces.”

 

Architect Wael Al Awar founded waiwai in 2009, after moving back to the Middle East from Tokyo. With interests in natural phenomena, landscape and formless diagrams of relations, Wael has a multi-disciplinary approach to design and is always looking to challenge conventional processes to push the boundaries of design. His projects layer his individual design sensibilities into an architecture of natural light, time, structure and landscape.

 

waiwai is an award-winning, multidisciplinary architecture, landscape, graphic and urban design studio with offices in Dubai and Tokyo. Known for addressing the social, environmental, economical and technological aspects of architectural projects, the firm has worked on prominent cultural institutions such as Dubai’s Jameel Arts Centre, Jaddaf waterfront sculpture park, Al Warqa’a mosque, Hai d3 and Jeddah’s Hayy: Creative Hub. Formerly known as ibda design (meaning “start” in Arabic), in 2019 the firm was renamed waiwai—a Japanese onomatopoeia that refers to the sound of a cheering crowd—to mark its 10-year anniversary.


DESIGNER/

waiwai

DATE/

September 2020

MATERIALS/

Ink & Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper

DIMENSIONS/

84 x 30 cm

STYLE/

Contemporary

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