A 404,000 - SF mixed use project located adjacent to the new Emaar Business Park in the Dubai Hills Estate Master Plan. The Project faces an attractive commercial boulevard to the East and responds to this condition with a low-rise structure with retail in the ground level. This street-level structure is oriented diagonally to widen the sidewalk and reinforce pedestrian activity that can take place during the cooler winter months.
The brief had strict requirements for visual privacy and this determined the layout of the towers of the site - as well as their maximum footprint: the buildings are placed to avoid direct views into other units. The structural layout is free and independent from the location of the unit demising walls - providing maximum flexibility for implementing the desired unit mix, without affecting the structural grid. A floating brise-soleil provide protection from the sun.
The color and pattern of the louvers are seemingly randomized, providing visual interest and scale, but in reality, the louver pattern design responds to the unit type they shade - allowing for consistent criteria and facilitating a procurement strategy for future phases - it is a project conceived for local means and methods.
Flexibility in the unit mix was critical. Units were designed to interlock with other units, and create clusters that fit like a puzzle. These clusters are of different sizes and mix different unit types. The clusters are also interchangeable - resulting in a very flexible project that can easily adjust to changes in the unit mix and adapt to potential changing market conditions during the development’s lifecycle.