HOK creates "jewel in the crown" for Ajman
Ajman is a small island enclave and the smallest state in the United Arab Emirates; the newest location for an inspirational HOK masterplan, a design for the regeneration of a marina and to become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Ajman.
Ajman Marina is a 26 hectare masterplanning and architecture project located on the historic waterfront, 20 km from Dubai. The masterplan integrates with the existing urban fabric combining business, retail and residential accommodation, embracing the natural coastline and providing diverse leisure opportunities.
The undulating curves and distinctive veiled appearance of the 60-storey high rise towers will become a landmark on the Ajman skyline. The dynamic and fluid towers are inspired by dancing forms of the region and are veiled in a steel-framed diagrid structure that reduces thermal gain. These distinctive elevations change from opaque to translucent as the observer moves around the buildings.
HOK is working with Saudi-based developer, Tanmiyat providing residential space for up to 18,000 new residents and a multitude of commercial and entertainment facilities covering over 4.5 million sq ft. The new development will serve both the local community and visiting tourists with the total built area expecting to exceed 12.5 m sq ft.
Work on site is due to start in early 2008 and will be completed in two phases within a five year period.