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

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

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

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Central Park District 08, Dubai International Finance Centre in UAE by Hopkins Architects

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Article source: Hopkins Architects

Central Park District 08 is part of the Dubai International Finance Centre masterplan.

The site is located near to the extreme end of the development boundary and sits alongside one end of the axis that runs across the site, linking the Gate Building, the Emirates Towers and the World Trade Centre on the other end.  This location therefore forms a significant counterbalance to the Emirates Towers and as such lends itself to being a building with strong presence.

Exterior View

  • Architect: Hopkins Architects
  • Name of Project: Central Park District 08, Dubai International Finance Centre
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Office tower: 290m high, approx 50 storeys (45 podium)
  • Residential tower: 260m high, approx 50 storeys (47 podium)
  • Size: 420,000 m2
  • Client: Dubai Properties

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Layers of Dubai by Mekano Studio

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Article source: Mekano Studio

D
esign will save the world

We are running out of Time to save our planet, our sources of Energy are nearly depleted, Global Warming problem is the most threat that can destroy the whole planet, The Climate is deeply Affected by the fossil fuels. Unfortunately, Human been are the cause of all those problems and we who should solve all of those for a better future to the upcoming generation.

Layers Of Dubai

  • Architects: Mekano Studio
  • Project: Layers of Dubai
  • Location:Dubai, UAE
  • Type: Competition  (honorable mention)
  • Client: studied impact   (land art generator initiative)

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The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE by Asymptote Architecture

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Project update: We have now published the Yas Hotel project with the interior details. The article below covers the exterior design of the Hotel.

Article source: Asymptote Architecture

The Yas Hotel, a 500-room, 85,000-square-meter complex, is one of the main architectural features of the ambitious 36-billion-dollar Yas Marina development and accompanying Formula 1 raceway circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Asymptote envisioned an architectural landmark embodying various key influences and inspirations ranging from the aesthetics and forms associated with speed, movement and spectacle to the artistry and geometries forming the basis of ancient Islamic art and craft traditions.

Night View

  • Architect: Asymptote Architecture – Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture
  • Name of Project: The Yas Hotel
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Project Directors: Mick McConnell, Andrew Drummond
  • Project Managers: Theo Sarantoglou Lalis, Constantin Doehler, Matthew Utley
  • Commercial Director: Chris Delusky

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Sheik Zayed Library, Dubai Seven in UAE by Cheungvogl

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Metaphorically, the structural design is rooted deeply into the ancient culture of Dubai. Respecting traditional disciplines and incorporating the significance of organic forms, symbols and patterns, the design seeks to redefine traditions as well as continues to test new boundaries for the future. As we critically question the ‘whys’ and ‘how’s’, finding the reasons for everything, there is no room for imitations. This symbol must be a unique phenomenon – a flower growing out of the desert ground. Following the rational thinking of looking deeper into nature and plant structure such as bamboo, we understand that the structure is made up of multiple strands of fibre, tightly knitted together.

Images Courtesy cheungvogl

  • Architect: cheungvogl
  • Name of Project: sheik zayed library, dubai seven
  • Location: Dubai, UAE

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Aldar Central Market in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates by Foster + Partners

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

The historic Abu Dhabi Central Market is one of the oldest sites in the city. Inspired by the traditional architecture of the Gulf this scheme aims to reinvent the market place as a contemporary mixed-use complex and give the city a new civic heart. By offering an alternative to the globalised ‘one-size-fits-all’ shopping mall it offers a distinctive modern interpretation of the regional vernacular. As a shopping experience it combines luxury goods shops with food markets and craft-based trades. Like the traditional souk, these different experiences are brought together in an interior architecture of dappled sunlight, vibrant colours and running water, with a changing rhythm of squares, courtyards and alley ways.

Central Market

  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Project: Aldar Central Market
  • Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Client: ALDAR Properties PJSC
  • Project Manager: WS Atkins
  • Structural Engineer:Halvorson and Partners

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Tall Emblem Structure in Za’abeel Park, Dubai, UAE by Marco Acerbis Architetto

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Article source: Marco Acerbis Architetto

XI ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award

The location of this new tower is a beautiful green area surrounding a lake and very close to the city. The proximity to the airport will give the new building an opportunity to be seen from the sky and not only from the earth. The landscape of the city area is mainly flat and with very strong sunlight. Climate conditions are typical of this latitude and are certainly extreme in some months of the year. A lot of time was spent thinking about what the best gesture for such a scenario would be. So that in one building I could respond to all area conditions and social expectations required by a new iconic tower. A particular thought was given to the experience that children shall obtain from a contemporary building.

Tall Emblem Structure

  • Architect: Marco Acerbis Architetto
  • Name of Project: Tall Emblem Structure
  • Location: Za’abeel Park, Dubai, UAE
  • Software used: Rhino and Artlantis

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The Gullwing Towers in Dubai, UAE by ARXX studio Minervini + Sanna

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

ARXX studio is a research laboratory and a design office based in Rome, working in the fields of sustainable architecture and design.

The Gullwing Towers

  • Architect: ARXX studio Minervini + Sanna
  • Name of Project: The Gullwing Towers
  • Location: Dubai, UAE
  • Collaborators: Arch. Alessandra Rapaccini, Arch. Fabio Lombardi, Flavia Verre, Giada Spera, Carlo Delzotti
  • Software used: Rhino, 3dStudio Max with v-ray plug-in, all based on the Autocad drawing files

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Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi by Foster + Partners

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Foster+Partners designed the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi. The museum is intended to be a monument and memorial to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding president of the United Arab Emirates. Five principal galleries and three further spaces will contain exhibitions devoted to the story of the Sheikh Zayed, the history of the UAE and falconry and conservation. The Museum also will incorporate an education centre, theatre, shops, café, VIP areas, members’ lounges and performance spaces.

Zayed Museum at night

Zayed Museum at night - © Foster + Partners

  • Client: Tourism Development + Investment Company
  • Architects: Foster + Partners
  • Engineers: WSP/BDSP AKT
  • Local Architect: Planar
  • Landscape Architects: Atelier Dreiseitl
  • Lighting Designers: Claude Engle
  • Cost Consultants: RLB
  • Facade Access: Lerch Bates
  • Specification Writers: Schumann Smith
  • Air Flow Consultants: RWDI
  • Environmental Engineers: Transsolar
  • Auditorium Consultants: Shen Milsom + Wilke
  • Programme managers: AECOM
  • District Master Planners: TDIC Master Planners
  • Museography: The British Museum

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