As Executive Architects, Pascall+Watson worked in partnership with French architect Jean Nouvel to create the striking museum, which opened in November last year.
As one of a series of galleries and museums on Saadiyat Island, it houses great artworks from around the world, with a universal focus on shared human stories across civilisations and cultures.
The 3 Pearl rated design consists of a series of connected gallery spaces totalling 8,000m², surrounded by seawater and largely covered by a vast 180m diameter domed roof, supported on just four piers.
The dome which is inspired by the cupola, a distinctive feature in Arabic architecture, has seemingly random geometric openings that cast a ‘rain of light’ into the circulation spaces below.
This year’s winners were announced on the 7 November, at the annual gala dinner in Dubai.