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Here is a full set of images, plans and diagrams of the giant RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre for the new city at Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.



Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf of Office for Metropolitan Architecture and looking like the Death Star, the centre consists of a spherical glass and steel nest and a very long, low building raised off the ground.





Text from the architects follows:



RAK CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE CREDITS



Project: RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre
Status: Concept
Client: Rakeen Development
Location: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Budget: N/A
Site: Gateway City, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Program: Mixed Use: Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hotels, Offices, Residential, Shopping, Restaurants



Partners in charge:
Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf

Team:
Samir Bantal, Daniele de Benedictis, Anne-Sophie Bernard, Philippe Braun, Adam Frampton, Martin Galovsky, Beth Hughes, Pieter Janssens, Ravi Kamisetti, Bin Kim, Barend Koolhaas, So Jung Lee, Mirai Morita, Charles-Antoine Perreault, Ian Robertson



RAK Convention and Exhibition Centre Text

Unlike the traditional high-rise building, the design for the Ras al Khaimah Convention and Exhibition Centre accommodates all primary functions, such as the convention centre, hotel rooms, apartments, offices and retail space in a giant sphere.




A low-rise building adjacent to the sphere `hovers` above the ground beside the exhibtion centre, retail and additional hotel rooms.



Access to the new buildings is provided by a new road system linking it to the city creating a direct connection between the new buildings and the exisiting urban structure.



What is left to be invented when it comes to the creation of a landmark?



So far the 21st century – in a desperate effort to differentiate one building from the next – has been characterized by a manic production of extravagant shapes. Paradoxically, the result is a surprisingly monotonous urban substance, where any attempt at ‘difference’ is instantly neutralized in a sea of meaningless architectural gestures.



RAK is confronted with an important choice: Does it join so many others in this mad, futile race or does it become the first to offer a new credibility?



This project represents a final attempt at distinction through architecture:not through the creation of the next bizarre image, but through a return to pure form.



Invented long ago, both the sphere and the bar explicitly abandon claims to formal invention or ‘originality’. (The sphere even existed before man itself…) Yet both geometries still continue to feed the architectural imagination: perfectly autonomous shapes, within their bounds the promise of a perfect world – made possible only by the seamless integration of engineering.



In spite of their apparent simplicity the sphere and the bar could come to represent a milestone in the construction of the new RAK and provide it with a powerful universal symbol: Western and Eastern, futuristic and primordial, contemporary and timeless.







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RAK set for $400mn tower
by ArabianBusiness.com staff writer on Saturday, 10 May 2008



Ras Al Khaimah-based developer Rakeen unveiled its US $400 million (AED 1.5 billion) RAK Convention & Exhibition Centre on day one of the Arabian Travel Market 2008 (ATM) in Dubai.

The mixed-use project will be constructed using technologically advanced ceramics that have been developed by RAK Ceramics.

The project will take 30 months to complete and a contract award is expected to be made in the fourth quarter of this year, according to a company spokesperson.

Imad Haffar, chief operating officer of Rakeen, said: "We're thrilled to be revealing this cutting-edge and environmentally-friendly project at ATM. Our model provides an excellent visual insight into what will be a landmark for the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, designed by architects Snohetta International.

"We're very proud to confirm that we are building around nature and not on top of it. The entire structure of the RAK Convention & Exhibition Centre will be set directly onto the natural land contours, without any disturbance to the surroundings. We're keen to retain as much of the original area as possible, thus maintaining the majestic beauty of the sand dunes."

The RAK Convention & Exhibition Centre will comprise 50,000m2 of rentable area and five exhibition halls, each with of between 400 and 600 seats. Hall 1 can be transformed into a 4,000-seat congress hall.

There will also be three hotels, each with 750 rooms. The project will also include a shopping mall consisting of three floors, seven cinema screens, a food court, restaurants and cafes.

Rakeen was established in April 2006 as the land master planner and developer responsible for property development in RAK.
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/518639-rak-set-for-400mn-tower?ln=en
 
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