World Heritage Sites Al AIn, Abu Dhabi

Renovation and conversion of a historic fort to a visitor centre with exhibition area including the incorporation and design of the exhibition 'Mubarak bin London: Wilfred Thesiger and the Freedom of the desert'

  • Strengthening of existing qualities
  • Development of local culture and identity
  • Reutilisation of historic building materials and construction methods
  • Comfortable and energy-efficient air conditioning using radiant cooling

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH)

Net floor area
625 sq m

12 / 2008

Overall Planning Architect, Interior
Roswag & Jankowski Architekten

Exhibition Design, Graphic Design (CD)
Roswag & Jankowski Architekten, Christiane Liebert, Dipl.-Des. (FH)

Structural Engineer, Earth Building Consultancy
Ziegert | Roswag | Seiler Architekten Ingenieure
Dr.-Ing Christof Ziegert, Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Seiler

Mechanical Engineer
planungsteam energie + bauen

Electrical Planner
decon Deutsche Energie-Consult GmbH

Landscape Architect
freianlage.de Landschaftsarchitektur

Earth Construction
Hunnarshala Foundation Bhuj-Kutch, India

TERRA Award – 1st International Prize for Contemporary Earthen Architectures, awarded in the category: 'Interior Layout & Design'
The International Architecture Awards – The Chicago Athenaeum (Prizewinner)


Exhibition „THINK Earth!“, 30th October – 6th November, ETH Zürich Main Building

Bohle, H., Dimog, J.: Architectural Guide United Arab Emirates, DOM publishersBerlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-86922-508-1

Meyer, F.: Bühne frei für den Lehm, published in: Bauwelt, Edition 32.2016, P. 8–11

Travelling exhibition: 'Earthen architecture today'
11st May – 18th June 2016, La Plateforme, Grenoble (F)
17th June – 18th September 2016, Archipel CDCU, Lyon (F)
8th September – 28th October 2016, Maison de l’architecture d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux (F)
27th September – 18th October 2016, INSA, Strasbourg (France)
19th October – 7th November 2016, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Strasbourg (F)
7th November – 18th November 2016, COP22 event, Marrakech (MA)

Dimog, J.: TERRA AWARD: Humus sapiens, published at: thelink.berlin

Gauzin-Müller, D.: Restauration du Fort Jahili, in: Architecture en Terre D'Aujourd'Hui, les grand ateliers, Museo/CraTerre, 2016, ISBN 978-2-37375-009-6

Ziegert, C., Mahdy, H. M., Seiler U., Roswag E.: Structural aspects of conservation for historic earthen buildings in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, in: earth construction & tradition vol 1, IVA-Verlag, Vienna 2016, ISBN 978-3-900265-34-2

Deutscher Museumsbund (Ed.): Museumskunde. Museum nachgefragt,
G + H Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISSN: 0027-4178

Peter Cachola Schmal, Michaela Busenkell (Ed.): Deutsches Architektur Jahrbuch 2009/10,
Prestel Verlag, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-7913-4367-9

Architektenkammer Berlin (Ed.), Architektur Berlin 09. Baukultur in und
aus der Hauptstadt, Berlin 2009., Jahili Fort in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

Bauwelt 4/2009


Torsten Seidel, building team