DMMRC - Dubai Maritime Museum & Research Center

Lead DesignerNiko Kapa
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Prize(s)3rd Place in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Entry Description

Dubai has always been a city with a strong maritime heritage that today is transformed by massive waterfront developments. The inspiration for this project came from the relation of the sea and the city. Conceived as a continuation and a transition through the wide public space, the building dives into the ocean and merges with it. The experience evokes a descent to the seabed. The museum is an artificial underwater environment organized under an immense glass roof, designed to give the maximum view of the ocean and intensify the feeling of diving into the seabed. Interior space is organised through cascading platforms that develop in a successive and continuous manner, allowing a panoramic overview of the whole interior. Water functions as a temperature buffer for the building simulating the ocean's role as a regulator of the world climate.


Niko Kapa is an award winning Architect and Designer based in Dubai. He is interested in the pioneering research and design investigation and as an architect he maintains an active role throughout the design process, in the interrelated fields of architecture and design, with a specific focus on sustainability. His work is addressing urban planning, architecture and design, with an effort to build links between theory and practice.

He is the founder of Studio Niko Kapa, a multidisciplinary team that supports innovative architecture, using research as an integral part of the design process. Purpose of Studio Niko Kapa is to raise awareness about architecture and urbanism within civil society. Its ambition is to provide a public forum for debating the present and future of architecture and cities. By developing a wide range of activities, the Studio aims to build on the growing sense of awareness towards the built environment. It seeks to shed light on modern architecture, urban and landscape design, targeting the recognition of modern heritage. It wishes to develop the cultural value of architecture and design and the recognition of the social impact it has on urban regeneration, building communities, education and vocational development.