Architect Fernando Donis wins the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Award in Dubai

Launched in April 2008 by Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrupp Elevator, the competition for the design of a Tall Emblem Structure in Dubai was an outstanding success with 926 proposals submitted by architects worldwide to the international jury.


Mexican architect Fernando Donis carried off the first prize, worth $100,000 US, for his project entitled Dubai Frame that, in the words of its author, “captures the ever-changing portrait of this city.”


The second prize, worth $50,000 US, was awarded to the Chinese architect Luo Siwei for

his Magic Mirror proposal, a twisted ring structure measuring 160 metres in diameter.


Three third prizes each worth $20,000 US were awarded to: Alejandro Rios (Spain) for The Mirage; Ferran Yusta (The Netherlands) and Marta Pozo (France) for Big Beam; and to China-based Canadian architect Hongbo Lu for The Flying Colours of Dubai.


This awards program was organized with the support of the International Union of Architects who was represented on the jury by Jaime Duro Pifarre, UIA past President.


Located in Za’abeel technology park, the tall emblem structure is to be a tourist attraction, exceptional in its conception and design. The program includes cultural and leisure spaces, theatres and conference facilities. The design must take into account the local climatic conditions, urban and landscape aspects, and must apply the principles of passive energy construction while also responding to the seismic restrictions of the region.


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