The seas of the UAE are home to varied life forms that make use of salinized water and the elements it contains as a medium for marine calcification – a natural building process that stores carbon in intricately designed natural ceramics that are stronger than fired clay.

Calcified adopts the natural synthesis inherent to this marine process to forge a new design method that harnesses nature, using seawater and electrically charged wireframe structures as magnets to attract artificial limestone formations. Calcified suspends the resultant limestone as lighting clusters that carry the formal and material qualities of their natural equivalent. Ultimately, the project is an investigation into this process as a potential building technique for the future. Inherently of the region, using its natural resources, the process also builds upon the traditional use of limestone as a building material in the UAE. However, rather than merely adopting existing natural forms that are facing extinction, the process investigated in Calcified is one of intelligent emulation.

Artist Biography

Hatem Hatem is an Iraqi architect and designer based in the United Arab Emirates. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2014 from the American University of Sharjah. He has since worked with numerous design practices in Dubai, and recently co-founded A Hypothetical Office (AHO), a collaborative body that enables environments through the integration of research practices and built conditions. Hatem investigates the potentials of design, through the use of digital and material sy...

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Hatem Hatem
Calcified | Suspended Ceiling Light

Size:
20 x 20 x 20 cm
Materials:
Limestone Fragments, Brass-Plated Metal

The seas of the UAE are home to varied life forms that make use of salinized water and the elements it contains as a medium for marine calcification – a natural building process that stores carbon in intricately designed natural ceramics that are stronger than fired clay.

Calcified adopts the natural synthesis inherent to this marine process to forge a new design method that harnesses nature, using seawater and electrically charged wireframe structures as magnets to attract artificial limestone formations. Calcified suspends the resultant limestone as lighting clusters that carry the formal and material qualities of their natural equivalent. Ultimately, the project is an investigation into this process as a potential building technique for the future. Inherently of the region, using its natural resources, the process also builds upon the traditional use of limestone as a building material in the UAE. However, rather than merely adopting existing natural forms that are facing extinction, the process investigated in Calcified is one of intelligent emulation.

Artist Biography

Hatem Hatem is an Iraqi architect and designer based in the United Arab Emirates. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2014 from the American University of Sharjah. He has since worked with numerous design practices in Dubai, and recently co-founded A Hypothetical Office (AHO), a collaborative body that enables environments through the integration of research practices and built conditions. Hatem investigates the potentials of design, through the use of digital and material sy...

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