- Location Bahrain
- Value £27 million
- Client Ministry of Works and Housing, Special Project Department
- Year 2006
Located by the coast, this building was proposed to house the nation's National Assembly, composed of the Nawab (the Council of Representatives) and the Shura (the Consultative Council). It consists of two identical wings of council members' rooms, offices and committee facilities with a central shared space in between. One wing is dedicated for the Nawab and the other for the Shura.
The main Assembly Chamber is expressed as a large cylindrical form. It sits prominently on the most visible side of the site, addressing a parliamentary square and acting as a beacon that draws people towards the building.
The shared central space is the location of interaction between the two councils, visitors and members of the public and will also be used for ceremonial occasions. This large space is contained at one end by the main Assembly Chamber and at the other by a series of hanging volumes housing double-height Majlis (gathering spaces), a library and large committee facilities.
The character and materiality of the building learn from the best of Arabic and Bahraini traditions, interpreting them in a modern way with courtyards, simple elevational forms, controlled use of daylight, barrel vaulted ceilings, Mashryabia panels and water features.