Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget is a major grassroots arts and heritage initiative that aims to archive, preserve, and share vernacular photographs and oral histories of the UAE. First launched by a group of Emirati female students at Sheikh Zayed University, the initiative’s goal was to kick-start a national archival project that would encourage Emiratis to share their family stories.

GSM Project was brought on board to help adapt the project to the exhibition context. We designed and built a highly interactive temporary exhibition for Lest We Forget, which helped launch Warehouse421, a new arts and culture destination located in the revitalized Al Mina district of Abu Dhabi.


Design concept, detail design, coordination

Completion date

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan al Nahyan Foundation

Design firm
GSM Project

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

Surface area
360m2 / 3900 sq ft

Photo ©
Geneviève Angio-Morneau
Laurent Monnier

︎ GSMproject case study
︎ Warehouse421