Whatever you think of the initial “Tall Emblematic Structure in Dubai” prompt, there’s no doubt that some fairly significant changes were made to Fernando Donis’ winning design for the Dubai Frame and the actual monument as it is being constructed.
As Archinect commenter Donna Sink noted, “The proposal shows the frame section being an extruded square. The project being built has angled mitered corners. Angled mitered corners recall the traditional shape of a picture frame, and mitered corners are not Modern.
In something as simple as this, changing the corner connection completely changes the cultural resonance of the form. In short, the designer is right to be pissed.”
Archinect had the opportunity to speak directly with designer Fernando Donis about how he ultimately didn’t get paid for his work due to a fraught contract signing process, his open letter to Dubai Municipality, and his advice to architects thinking about entering future open design competitions.
Archinect: What happened exactly with the contract signing process?
Fernando Donis: Initially we received a written promise that we would develop the project with appointed consultants and local architect. They were pleased by our resume as I had finished eight years collaborating at OMA with the last years specifically leading Middle East projects.
However we received either vague or unfair draft contracts. More info
By Julia Ingalls archinect.com