Hamama art that originated to life at Belgravia ii

Hamama art that originated to life at Belgravia ii

The American University of Sharjah’s interior design students produced the dynamic ceiling installation known as Hamama, or Doves (AUS). The installation was created in the College at Ellington Properties, which understands the importance art lends to a project and was commissioned by Ellington Properties, Dubai. By working together to create unique, contemporary art, the Ellington Art Foundation Initiative aims to boost the local art scene. Ellington Properties respects all forms of art, including sculpture, photography, and visual arts.

About Hamama

The American University of Sharjah’s Juan Roldan, Camilo Cerro, Reema Chalha, Sana Fathima, and Mariam AlJuwaied worked with the Ellington Art Foundation on this project. They were asked to make “Hamama,” an art installation for the lobby of Belgravia III. Hamama is the organic outgrowth of a carefully orchestrated agitation of this flock of doves, which frames the lobby lounge and gives the area depth and dimension.

Design Process

The creation of Hamama required a great deal of trial and error and experimentation because it is a complex, finely detailed work of art. First, they started experimenting with unique materials and methods that went against the grain. They had to appeal to the purpose and aesthetic of the website, though. Three distinct project concepts were then developed. They were all experimenting with various shapes, materials, and sizes. After careful deliberation, a concept was ultimately picked, and the winning design expressed frozen dynamism using a monochrome color scheme.

The long design phase included the use of hand sketches, sketch models, 3D digital modeling, parametric algorithms, and mock-up modeling. This went on until a single unit that could be put together to make a transformable module was used to create a flexible architecture. Additionally, a size and color hierarchy was used to generate various variations of the unit, which were afterward heat-bent into intricate designs. This was done to produce a three-dimensional image of a dove flight that was captured in midflight. They come together to create the ultimate Hamama structure.

Hamama Installation

Three layers that have been thermally bent into dynamic shapes and connected to additional components to create an iterative module make up the artwork. The system’s primary module starts with 8mm-thick units before branching out into 6mm- and 4mm-thick sub-units. Additionally, the frosted major units elevate the piece’s visual appeal by allowing light to play off of them and create dynamic reflections. By connecting to the ends of the primary units and highlighting the frozen movement, the transparent secondary components emphasize the installation’s delicate texture. Through a four-point delivery system between the sections’ “wings,” metallic fasteners secure the heat-bent components together. A sturdy pulley and wooden counterweight system are used to suspend Hamama from the ceiling. This reduces the acrylic’s mobility and establishes a general equilibrium between the machinery and the art. Through the acrylic composition, three black ropes are threaded and fastened to a sizable wooden stopper. Consequently, the suspended weight is distributed, and the attachment is held in place inside the counterweight.

The wooden floor-mounted counterweight was designed to function as a stand-alone piece of art. However, it also serves as a counter-load to lower the sculpture mechanically for yearly maintenance. The counterweight was designed to let one person easily glide down the 50 kg sculpture. Unraveling the rope and breaking the padlock on the sculpture’s back accomplish this. As a result, the upper wooden component is raised 1 m above the floor from the floor-mounted anchor.


During the sixth edition of the Bazaar Interiors Awards 2020, Hamama was presented with a prize from Harpers Bazaar Arabia for Best Collaboration. Additionally, Hamama has been highlighted in a number of regional periodicals. Awards from Gulf Business, Gulf Today, Zawya, and other publications were given out in honor of the installation’s innovative and distinctive features.

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