A coloured concrete canopy supported by large columns forms this gateway designed by Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati for the Pearling Path, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bahrain.

Valerio Olgiati designed to structure to mark the start of the Pearling Path, a 2.2 mile trail situated close to the historic market buildings on Muharraq Island. It connects oyster beds and a series of buildings that were significant to Bahrain’s historic pearling industry.

Like a hypostyle hall, the new 10-metre high concrete canopy covers a series of ruins at the entrance of the trail that were once an “amara” – a combination of warehouse, factory and marketplace.They also cover a small building that functions as a museum for the trail.