Water is the material of the new Jumeirah Cultural Center. It gives it form, but is also formed by it. Following the tradition of the desert nomad, the Center is an oasis for the modern nomadic jet-setter of the 21st Century. Conceived as a crescent overlap of the circular pond with the circular park, the Center becomes a negotiation between architecture and landscape, sitting at the edge of both, literally and metaphorically. It is neither architecture nor landscape, yet, but both at the same time. The Crescent of the Cultural Center, that of the lake and that of the Central Park become a subtle yet powerful center of gravity for the whole Jumeirah village development.