Architect Fernando Donis Wins the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Award in Dubai


a tourist attraction, exceptional in its conception and design



Launched in April 2008 by Dubai Municipality and ThyssenKrupp Elevator, the competition for the design of a Tall Emblematic Structure in Dubai was an outstanding success with 926 proposals submitted by architects worldwide to the international jury.





Mexican architect Fernando Donis carried off the first prize, worth 100000 US$, for his project entitled ‘Dubai Frame’ that in the words of its author: “captures the ever-changing portrait of this city.”



The second prize, worth 50 000  US$ was awarded to the Chinese architect Luo Siwei for his "Magic Mirror" proposal, a twisted ring structure of 160 metres diametre.



Three third prizes each worth 20 000 US$ were awarded: to Alejandro Rios (Spain) for ‘The Mirage’; to the team composed of Ferran Yusta (The Netherlands) and Marta Pozo (France) for "Big Beam" ;  to Sino-Canadian architect Hongbo Lu"s ‘The Flying Colours of



This Award was organised with the support of the International Union of Architects who was represented on the jury by Jaime DuroPifarre, UIA past President.



Located in Za’abeel Technology Park, the structure is to be a tourist attraction, exceptional in its conception and design. The programme included cultural and leisure spaces, theatres and  conference facilities. The design must take into account the local climatic conditions, the urban and landscape aspects, apply the principes of passive energy construction and reply to the sismic restrictions of the region.


Dubai Municipality


ThyssenKrupp Elevator

Results Announcement

06 May 2009

Award ceremony

06 May 2009


Rafael de la Hoz Castanys, Spain
Dalila Elkerdany, Egypt
Nabil Gholam, Lebanon
Imad Hassan
Zaha Hadid, Iraq/UK
Joep Luis Mateo, Spain
Tarek Naga, Egypt/USA
Antonio Ortiz Garcia, Spain
Alfonso Vegara, Spain
Cino Zucchi, Italy
Jaime Duro Pifarré, Spain, UIA Representative