© the archive - dubai's new platform for contemporary culture
brownbook is one of our fav reads, covering contemporary urban culture across the middle east and north africa from a variety of angles. the magazine has now actively contributed to the cultural dimensions of its homebase dubai with a unique and compelling project that not only mirrors the city's cosmopolitan vibe but also serves its denizens from that perspective. called the archive, it's a contemporary library focused on art, culture, design and literature from the middle east and north africa. additionally, the archive provides a platform to promote a diverse and interactive cultural community and thus nurture an interest in literature and education of future generations. the archive is accommodated in a former facilities building in safa park, one of the oldest patches of green in the city. built in 1975, it measures 223 sqm. [2,400 sq.ft] and now features an interior that has been designed by architect takeshi muruyama. next to a well-stocked library, the archive features a café section and esperesso bar that overlook the park greens. the venues current program lists a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities, and includes football, yoga, musical performances, book launches, outdoor film screenings, poetry writing, and events for kids. needless to say that these create opportunities to interact with regional creatives scholars and students, and spice up dubai's cultural scene. location: safa park, sheikh zayed collector road, near gate 5 [al safa].
© the archive - the first specialized library of its kind in the region