At the Dubai International Financial Centre Gate Village, a glimmering installation featuring three floating hand-crafted glass fins is perched in the courtyard. Hard to miss, this piece is the work of Pritzker Prize-winning RCR Arquitectes, the Spanish architectural firm behind the swanky new Muraba Residences in Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.
The glass pavilion, commissioned by Muraba Properties, reflects the architectural style of the eponymous residences, which is evident in its minimalist, sleek design. A remarkable mix of art and architecture, the immersive installation is piquing interest as three films titled The White Tear Planet, created in collaboration with Italian filmmaker Massimiliano Siccardi, are to be screened on its glass surfaces. Siccardi explained that the first film, running this month, is a journey through discovering the planet.
View of the Dubai skyline from Muraba residences
About the installation, Ibrahim Al Ghurair, founder of Muraba Properties, said, “With the help of RCR Arquitectes and our highly creative Italian filmmaking counterparts, we have pushed the boundaries of design with a contemporary and interactive space, and hope to offer insight into our values.”
The movies take a cue from the Muraba residential project and how natural light has been instrumental in the building’s design process. “The series is, above all, an emotional and dreamlike transposition of our encounter with Muraba,” Siccardi said in a statement. “Each of the films within The White Tear Planet unfolds around a central theme: the first is matter (substance), second, geometries, and third, artistic transposition.”
An interior view of a Muraba penthouse
Ghurair added, “Our approach of creating environments that have a certain lightness to them, an emphasis on materiality, and that offer a universal artistic experience, is mirrored in this installation.” Muraba Residences comprise 50 lavish apartments and penthouses that have been designed from the inside out, offering respite from a bustling Dubai while offering sweeping views of the city’s skyline.
The installation by RCR Arquitectes is open to public till April at DIFC Gate Village, Dubai.