The artist designed custom architectural finishes and designs based in Kurdish textiles and material culture for this ministry building. The building will have a custom theater curtain, culturally appropriate offices for employees that include tea rooms and custom waiting areas for guests and their drivers.
The artist and architect were interested in designing a building that would reflect historic and ancient architecture of northern Iraq. The patterns for flooring, metal work and finishes were based in traditional Kurdish textiles and ornamental work of the area. As Kurdistan Regional Government's first building in Erbil, Iraq, there was a heavy emphasis on developing a strong architectural style for the building.
The artist and architectural team traveled to Erbil, Iraq for research and development of culturally appropriate design vocabularies.
Due to civil unrest, this project has not been built.
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