Al Zorah Pavilion by Annabel Karim Kassar

The pavilion isincluded in themasterplan, from AED 220 billion coastal development launched in Ajman earlier in 2008, is a joint venture between the Government of Ajman and Solidere International Limited.
Located along Ajman’s beachfront and creeks, Al Zorah will build on the emirate’s natural beauty, tradition, openness and culture of innovation to transform Ajman into a world class residential, tourism and investment destination.
The city will be self-contained with varied residences, offices, retail, schools, hotels, hospitals and leisure facilities including a championship golf course, marinas and a number of five-star resort hotels.
Construction will be restricted to 235 million square feet with the remaining expanse reserved for beaches, green spaces, and open squares, an approach that will provide over 60 per cent of the total land area for public spaces.
The Al Zorah Pavilion in Ajman is a 3 500 Msq sales center. It is sheltered under a magnificent canopy illuminated and decorated as an ornamental tent.
Spaces open up from a folded crossed cut slab: the slope of the folded roof starts from the entrance and reaches up to the highest point where it leads to terraced/belvedere spaces for looking out the sea.
The roof is cladded with ceramic and steel tiles following a geometric pattern. Colorful and shining by day time, it will be lit up with LEED tricolored projectors by night; it is an installation by CAI light.
The entrance is at the cut between the roof-scape and has a well-framed view out towards the natural mangrove. The entire building is like a balcony looking out towards Al Zorah’s area.
The folded roof is reminiscent of the existing topographical strata leading down to the watrer.
The pavilion houses an Internal Auditorium of 150 seats extending to the exterior for outdoor events, an exhibition space, a Café with a terrace, a guest house at the roof top level and an administrative floor.
Location: Ajman, United Arab Emirates 
Architects: Annabel Karim Kassar 
Project Architect: Rabih Zeidan 
Collaborators: Walid Hamze, Nehmat Alameh, Violaine Jeantet, Jean Sfeir 
Lighting Design: Cai Light 
Area: 3,500 sqm 
Year: 2014 
Photographs: Tony Elieh


  1. I am an architecture student and I really enjoyed the images you share. I am very need this kind of photos and images for my projects because they give me creativity.
    I am always waiting for your new news and images about architecture on facebook or my email.
    tkanks a lot.

  2. Hello,
    I’m really interested in that design but I’m wondering if this building is open to the public or not!!
    I can’t find any photo from the interior 🙁

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