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Thomas Deckker Architect: Project for a Penthouse, London
Some Nice Ideas for a Penthouse
2015
Thomas Deckker Architect: Project for Private Houses and a Tenement, Dundee
Some Nice Ideas for Dundee
2013
Thomas Deckker Architect: Offices for a Brazilian Company, London
Offices for a Brazilian Company
London
2011-12
Thomas Deckker Architect: Duval Renovation, Brasília
Duval Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
2009-10
Thomas Deckker Architect: landscape urbanism, Abu Dhabi
Some Nice Ideas for Abu Dhabi
2010
➲ On the chance of freak waves at sea
➲ The Shark
Thomas Deckker Architect: 2 Development Studies, London
2 Development Studies
London
2004
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães House
Magalhães House
QL18, Brasília, Brazil
1997 - 2001
Magalhães House
QL18, Brasília, Brazil
1997 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Moore House Project
Moore House Project
Algarve, Portugal
1994-95
superquadra model
Superquadra Penthouses
Brasília, Brazil
1993 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães Project
Magalhães Project
QI26, Brasília, Brazil
1993-95
Thomas Deckker: Thompson House
Thompson House Project
Cambridge, England
1992
Thomas Deckker: Camara Municipal Competition Entry 1989
3 Competition Entries for Brazil
1989-90
Thomas Deckker Architect: 'Brasília' Table
'Brasília' Table
1990
Thomas Deckker: Soares Apartment Renovation
Soares Apartment Renovation
Brasília, Brazil
1987
Thomas Deckker: Moore House
Moore House
Gerrards Cross, England
1984-87
Thomas Deckker: Building under Construction, Abu Dhabi
Building under Construction, Abu Dhabi
photograph © Thomas Deckker 2009
Some Nice Ideas for Abu Dhabi: the Qasr al Hosn site

This construction site seemed to me to be the best new building in Abu Dhabi, a contemporary interpretation of the traditional building material of 'arish - reed matting used to shelter a building.

I appreciated the links that traditional buildings maintained with their landscape, so evident in photographs taken before the present development and now sadly lost. The photograph below, one of a series of the Gulf States in the 1950s by Ronald Codrai, shows Qasr al Hosn with Landrover tracks making routes across the site.

Ronald Codrai: Abu Dhabi, 1950s
Ronald Codrai: Abu Dhabi, 1950s

These observations led me to develop 2 alternative proposals for the Qasr al Hosn Fort and its site:
➲ On the chance of freak waves at sea: the Qasr al Hosn site
and the
➲ The Shark: the Qasr al Hosn