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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Gate Village, Dubai International Finance Centre in UAE by Hopkins Architects

 
August 7th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Hopkins Architects

A mixed development at the social heart of the Financial District.
Lying adjacent to the Gate building, the project consists of a complex of ten buildings on a raised podium of car parking, which is enclosed by perimeter live/work studios. The podium level is pedestrianised with shops and restaurants.  Above, are offices and apartments, with penthouses on the top two floors.

Main Project

  • Architects: Hopkins Architects
  • Project: Gate Village, Dubai International Finance Centre
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Size: 240,000 m2
  • Client: Dubai Properties

Street View

The height and mass of the buildings is designed to shade the podium streets naturally, as in traditional Arab villages, tempering the harsh climate.  The pedestrian streets vary in width and length and open onto larger piazzas. The use of shop canopies gives a human scale.

Aerial View

Stone is used throughout on the facades, but with differing texture and treatment according to their orientation.  Deep window reveals shade the glazing, while allowing daylight into the buildings.  Other shading devices to the windows have been developed from traditional mashryabia screens.

Gate Village, Dubai International Finance Centre

The building group is divided up by a series of large external stair towers, which create a strong identity for the development.  The thick concrete walls of each tower have a high thermal mass, which helps to temper the internal environment and reduce solar gain.

Street View

Interior View

Interior View

Gate Village, Dubai International Finance Centre

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