Water Wall
Part of:
  • Cedric Price (architect)
  • Cedric Price (archive creator)

Water Wall


1971-1989, predominant 1973-1976

Level of archival description:
File 94
Extent and medium:
  • 15 drawings
    22 reprographic copies
    0.11 l.m. of textual records
Scope and content:
File documents an unrealized project for a breakwater in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Cedric Price collaborated with civil and structural engineering firm, Harris & Sutherland, to make a floating breakwater into a 'sea garden'. The design integrates the breakwater, which protects the beach, with imaginative leisure activities: moorings for 800 boats, a pontoon composed of a continuous chain of dinghies, an illuminated "time" fountain, a floating grand stand, drifting feature buoys, a coral walk and water garden. Cedric Price describes the breakwater as "effortlessly towing its floating leisure facilities and toys along it" (Cedric Price-Works II, 72). Design development diagrams and charts explore the various components and activities. Many conceptual drawings and perspective sketches are included within the textual records. Some material in this file was published in 'Cedric Price-Works II' (London: Architectural Press, 1984), 72, 77. Material in this file was produced between 1971 and 1989, but predominantly between 1973 and 1976.

File contains design development drawings, presentation drawings, and textual records.
Reference number:


Materials in this series were kept in the original order in which they were received.

Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates

Language of material:
  • English, German, Italian
Related units of description:
  • For additional materials related to this project, see files DR1995:0264:018-031 and DR2004:0036 in this fonds.

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