A new waterfront resort
- Client: Private Developer
- Design: AREP Dubai
- Surface area: 1 281 000 m² GFA
- Study: 2017
A new urban methodology
The art installations by Carl Andre were inspirational in our masterplan work as it keyed us into a different planning methodology: to "cut" into the vastness of this 1 million square meter environment - rather than organizing it by filling it with roads and building blocks - to create new forms of outdoor or covered "living rooms".
The results are endless new micro-environments, like a modern interpretation of a Souk and the diverse surprises it offers. From the Southwest corner to the Northeast waterfront the project introduces a progression from dense and mineral to free-form and natural. The opposite diagonal runs from a mechanical to a pedestrian traffic when approaching the seaside.
This “environment” would offer a larger setting integrating the horizon of the Sea of Oman and the mountain ridges to the South. By linking these opposites we define a backbone to our Masterplan development; how place-making occurs.