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.
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.
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.
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.
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