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Thomas Deckker Architect: Standard House Types, Brasília
Standard House Types, Brasília
2020
Thomas Deckker Architect: 3 Tower House Projects
3 Tower House Projects
2018-20
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
Thomas Deckker Architect: 2 Development Studies, London
2 Development Studies
London
2004
Thomas Deckker: Magalhães House
Magalhães House
QL18, Brasília, Brazil
1997 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Moore House Project
Moore House Project
Algarve, Portugal
1994-95
superquadra model
Superquadra Penthouse Project
Brasília, Brazil
1993 - 2001
Thomas Deckker: Clínica de Câncer, Brasília
Clínica de Câncer, Brasília
SHLS, Brasília, Brazil
1995
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: Site Study, UAE

Thomas Deckker: Conceptual sketch of site development
around Qasr al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Shark: The Qasr al Hosn Fort and its site

The original urban plan in the 1960s assumed that the Qasr al Hosn Fort would maintain minimal importance, isolated within an urban block and with a road running directly across one of the towers. In addition, the landscape around the Fort was designed as part car parking and part artificial landscaping. The Abu Dhabi 2030 urban plan proposed a restructuring of the area by removing the road and returning the urban block to its original form.

Thomas Deckker proposed that the site be returned to its original dunes, with places and routes defined by stone 'fish', metaphorically swimming in the sea of sand. And of course where there are fish there must be a shark eating them (top left).

The new buildings on the site of the removed 1960s road would be clad in solar shading not only for obvious functional reasons but to create an indeterminate layer of partly public and partly private space between each building and its site, as I had already done as project architect for the Qasr al Hosn Visitors Centre at Austin-Smith:Lord.
Thomas Deckker: Site Study, UAE

Thomas Deckker: Conceptual sketch of site development
around Qasr al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi, UAE

This approach would aslo serve as a key to the renovation and repurposing of the Qasr al Hosn Fort, by reestablishing a relationship its setting with new uses and possibilities.

The stone 'fish' would define a route through the Fort, reflecting the increase in scale from the original inner fort, to the larger later fort and then to the landscape of the whole Qasr al Hosn urban block.
Thomas Deckker: Site Study, UAE

Thomas Deckker: Conceptual sketch of site development
around Qasr al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The stone 'fish' could take different forms, and reflect the different spatial conditions of the inner Fort, the outer Fort and the whole Qasr al Hosn urban block.
Thomas Deckker: Site Study, UAE

Thomas Deckker: Conceptual sketch of site development
around Qasr al Hosn Fort, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Details of the various stone forms: vertical obelisks for presenting information within the inner Fort, to landscape benches and finally flat and linear paths in the landscape.