Muraba

Muraba

East Crescent Road The Palm Jumeirah East DUBAI United Arab Emirates

Muraba, a traditional Emirati word for a building with towers and walls which connect to form a secure home space. Often a landmark, the Muraba becomes a significant part of the identity of its surrounding community. The Muraba Residences are very much the result of a collaborative vision. In 2014, Ibrahim Al Ghurair met with RCR Arquitectes in their home town of Olot, Catalonia, and quickly realised that their particular philosophy of design and architecture resonated perfectly with what he wanted to achieve. With so much development activity happening in Dubai and the region, it can be all too easy for discussions about sensitive and thoughtful architecture to be lost amid the noise of rapid building and strident economic progress. RCR Arquitectes approach has always been one of careful consideration and teamwork, interrogating each local landscape to develop a design which is specific to its location and purpose, and which will stand the test of time. Their unique approach has seen the team receive many awards throughout their career. Most recently they have been recognised as winners of the 2017 Pritzker Prize, perhaps the highest global accolade in architecture, now placing RCR in the company of such revered names as Jean Nouvel, Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, IM Pei and Shigeru Ban. This is of course a great affirmation of Ibrahim's initial decision to work with RCR, but perhaps the most tangible evidence of how collaboration and dialogue can be so effective within a rigorous design process, is the building itself, now it is complete.

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