Dubai Design District Taps Foster + Partners To Design Its Second Phase


The Dubai Design District (d3) has tapped Foster + Partners to design its masterplan’s second phase. Spanning one million-square-feet, the new development will be a “Creative Community” that will serve as a ”thriving cultural epicenter” within d3, and an “incubator” for emerging designers an artists.

“This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows ’s design scene to flourish from within,” says Gerard Evenden, Studio Head at Foster + Partners.

Viola Communications Office / M+N Architecture

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Architects: M+N Architecture
Location: E 10 – Abu Dhabi –
Design Team: Lorenzo Zoli, Alessandra Barilaro, Giulio Asso, Marco Barazzuoli
Area: 1463.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Giulio Asso @ Verdekiwi Photography

Dubai’s Museum of the Future to be Partially 3-D Printed

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“See the future, create the future,” this is the motto of Dubai’s newly unveiled “Museum of the Future.” The metallic oblong-structure, planned for a corner lot in Dubai’s central financial district  next to the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, is said to become “an incubator for ideas and real designs, a driver for innovation and a global destination for inventors and entrepreneurs.”

“The world is entering a new era of accelerated knowledge and great technological revolutions,” tweeted United Arab Emirates prime minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “We aim to lead in that era, not to follow and lag behind. The Museum of the Future is the first step of many to come, marking the beginning of great achievements.”

Holograms, robotics and 3-D printing will play a crucial role in the structure’s realization. Learn more and watch a video fly-through the building after the break.

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium / Pattern Design

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Architects: Pattern Design
Location: Al Ain – – United Arab Emirates
Architect Of Record: Mark Habre and Associate
Lead Consultant And Master Planner : Broadway Malyan
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert

Zaha Hadid Designs Dune-Inspired Net Zero Headquarters for Bee’ah

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Designs have been released for Bee’ah’s new headquarters in . The Middle Eastern environmental and waste management company commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), following an invited competition, to design a facility that reflects their goal to operate entirely from renewable energy sources and move towards zero waste, as well as increase their educational outreach. 

ZHA’s design builds from its desert context, acting as two energy efficient “dunes” that intersect to form a central “oasis.” Watch an animated tour through the building, after the break.

World’s Tallest Twin Towers Planned for Dubai

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Developers Emaar Properties and Dubai Holdings have unveiled a new mega development planned for Dubai, dubbed Dubai Creek Harbour. Though no official architects have been named, the 6 million-square-meter is designed to be three times larger than downtown Dubai and will include the world’s tallest twin towers.

Abu Dhabi Central Market / Foster + Partners

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Architects: Foster + Partners
Project Team: Norman Foster, David Nelson, Gerard Evenden, Stuart Latham, Muir Livingstone, John Blythe, Edson Yabiku, David Crosswaite, Giulia Galiberti, Sandra Glass, Ashley Lane, Giulia Leoni, Emily Phang, Bram van der Wal, Ho-Ling Cheung, Luca Latini, Franquibel Lima, Chris Nunn, Riccardo Russo, Jillian Salter, Ronald Schuurmans, Sunphol Sorakul, Daniel Weiss, Laura Podda, Yong Bin Kim, Yvonne Jendreiek
Area: 689416.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nigel Young | Foster + Partners

Construction Begins on Rogers Stirk Harbour’s First Towers in Middle East

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Details have been released on Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ first project in the Middle East: Maryah Plaza. The four-, one billion dollar scheme will be built on ’s 114 hectare Al Maryah Island, which is slated to become the emirate’s central business district.

Siemens HQ in Masdar City / Sheppard Robson

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Architects: Sheppard Robson
Location: Masdar City – Abu Dhabi –
Area: 22800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul McMullin, Huffton + Crow, Nicole Luettecke

Dubai Plans Mall of the World, the First Ever ‘Temperature Controlled City’

Temperature-controlled retail street network. Image Courtesy of Holding

Developers Dubai Holding have announced their plans to build the ‘Mall of the World’ a new 48 million square foot tourist district in Dubai that will host the world’s largest mall, a new cultural district, a theme park and 20,000 hotel rooms. What’s more, the district’s 7km street network will be covered by a retractable roof during the summer months, creating the world’s first “temperature controlled city”.

Read on after the break for all the details

Venice Biennale 2014: UAE Unearths “Structures of Memory”

National House - My father’s friend Ahmed Abdulla Al Jassasi, Al Shahama, 1980; Courtesy of Houreya Naser Musabah Khamis Al Kalbani

Within the rapidly changing landscape of the United Arab Emirates, much of the nation’s vernacular and modern architecture is being quickly replaced by “iconic” contemporary structures. Despite this, many of the ’s previous landscape remains a vivid memory within the minds and mementos of its people.

Thus, for the UAE’s 2014 participation at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Lest We Forget: Structures of Memory in the United Arab Emirates will bring to light seminal projects of the last century that expose the transmission of architectural traditions in a way that addresses the nation’s current cultural identity. 

Preservation of pre-oil vernacular architecture and a special focus on 1970s and 80s modern architecture will both serve as highlights of the

The UAE’s full curatorial statement, after the break…

Heatherwick Tapped to Design “Sunken Oasis” in Abu Dhabi

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Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned to transform a 125,000 square meter park in the heart of into a multifunctional “sunken oasis.” Inspired by “fractured desert crust,” the park is designed as a series of fragmented canopies that rise to form a three-dimensional landscape across the site. Beneath the cracked surface will be a series of interconnected public spaces cooled by lush vegetation that provide organic produce to local restaurants and space for community gardens.

What If Dubai’s Next Tower Were an Architecture School?

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BLUE TAPE, the winning proposal of an international competition to design an Architecture School adjacent to the American University in Dubai, “is a vertical re-imagining of the typical architecture school typology.” Submitted by USC alumni Evan Shieh and Ali Chen, BLUE TAPE, which transforms a horizontal pin-up space into a vertical ‘conceptual connector,’ is inspired by USC’s ‘Blue Tape Reviews’ (their method of pinning up work for design reviews).

Al Zorah Pavilion / Annabel Karim Kassar

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Architects: Annabel Karim Kassar
Location: Ajman,
Project Architect: Rabih Zeidan
Area: 4,500 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Tony Elieh

World’s Tallest Buildings of 2013 Dominated by Asia

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According to the latest Tall Trends Report, 73 buildings in excess of 200 meters were completed in 2013 worldwide, the second highest total only behind 2011 with 81 completions. The increase of completions from 2012 to 2013 continues a significant upward trend that, since 2000, has seen an astounding 318 percent increase in tall buildings. 

Milan Expo 2015: Foster Unveils Design for UAE Pavilion


Foster + Partners have unveiled the design for the United Arab Emirates pavilion at the 2015 Expo. Designed to evoke the experience of walking through UAE’s ancient communities, the elongated site will be transformed into a contemporary reinterpretation of a desert city. Passive principles, such as rainwater harvesting and the integration of photovoltaic cells, are targeted to achieve LEED Platinum certification. These strategies are all designed to support the pavilion’s many dining areas, which embrace the Expo’s overarching theme “Feeding the Planet” by serving a taste of modern Emirarti cuisine. 

“We are very proud to be chosen again to create the national pavilion for the UAE,” stated Norman Foster. “Our challenge has been to design for two climates – to create a naturally cool, comfortable space for visitors in Milan, while considering the pavilion’s ultimate reconstruction in the Emirates, where there is a need to provide shade from the intense sun.”

Rosewood Abu Dhabi / Handel Architects

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Architects: Handel Architects
Lead Designer: Glenn Rescalvo, AIA, Partner
Area: 102000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Gerry O’Leary, Don Riddle

Sowwah Square / Goettsch Partners

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Architects: Goettsch Partners
Location: Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Design Team: Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure
Area: 529,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Lester Ali, Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure, Michele Nastasi, Aerial Image