US studio OBMI has designed Once Upon a Forest for Dubai Design Week, an installation featuring gently sloping organic shapes that nod to the mangrove forests that characterise parts of the United Arab Emirates.
Visitors to the installation are invited to enter a maze-like arrangement of structures topped with undulating canopies, which the architecture studio designed to reference the mangrove forests that cover much of the UAE's landscape.
OBMI handcrafted the installation from 2,700 metres of bamboo, 350 square metres of jute rope and 30 kilometres of jute mesh, all of which were sourced from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.
Once Upon a Forest was created using solely sustainable materials and construction methods, according to the architecture studio.
"Our goal is to educate and inspire the community about the benefits and beauty of the mangrove forests by providing an immersive experience that ignites the senses and showcases nature's power to mitigate climate change," OBMI told Dezeen.
"The mangrove forests are the UAE's most valuable natural treasure and the installation honours the diverse environment of the seven Emirates in the city's urban centre."
An integrated audio-visual experience plays information about the mangrove forests within the installation, which intends to serve as an educational "oasis" for visitors within Dubai Design District.
"The floating canopies play with light and shadows to create an intimate and serene ambience, delivering a dreamlike experience that mimics nature, acting as a place of refuge and inspiration," said the architecture studio.
OBMI said that after Dubai Design Week draws to a close at the end of this week, Once Upon a Forest will be repurposed for various other events during next year "as a celebration of Dubai's culture and natural landscape".
Earlier editions of Dubai Design Week featured projects including Exil Collective's showcase of work by emerging Lebanese designers and an installation of bricolage chairs made by working-class migrants in the UAE.
The photography is by Sebastian Böttcher.