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.

Foster + Partners has also used mashrabiya  for its design of the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, which also houses one of architecture’s greatest accomplishments, Al Bahar Towers by Aedas. 



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