Dubai is a strange old place, where the coming together of wealth and space has led to its inhabitants embracing any architectural vernacular which takes their fancy. The resulting houses are a mishmash of styles, ranging from art deco to mock Tudor and most things in between. Photographer Hala Al-Ani has captured these stylistic quirks in her project A Typology of Houses which cleverly raises questions about the ways in which societies project their identities through their buildings, and what happens if the usual constraints of historical and structural heritage are removed.
Hala, who is also part of Dubai-based Mobius Design Studio, is showing this series as part of the Mussibet Istanbul Design Biennial show at Istanbul Modern until December.
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