Be The First To Know
Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest news and stories in the interior design across the Middle East straight to your inbox
In pictures: Mashrabiya in contemporary architecture
The mashrabiya may be the most well-known element of Arabic architecture, used in the Middle Ages up to the mid-20th century.
Presenting delicate latticework, it is now being used to cover entire buildings as an oriental ornament, providing local identity and a sun-shading device for cooling.
French architect, Jean Nouvel is known for using this element of architecture for a number of projects in the Middle East and Europe including the Doha Tower (Burj Qatar), Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the Institute du Monde Arab in Paris, France.