Nikken Sekkei to design urban oasis in Dubai

Laura Salmi
Tuesday 07 Oct 2008

Commitment to innovative and sustainable urban planning drives Meeras to appoint leading firm in “green” design

Japan’s Nikken Sekkei, an architectural firm known for its consideration of the environmental consequences of its buildings, has been chosen to help design the new Jumeirah Gardens project in Dubai.

The project located across an area north of Sheikh Zayed Road between Diyafa Street and Safa Park is the first master-planned community venture for the Dubai based real estate development company Meraas. Conceived as an integrated city within a city, with distinct neighbourhoods linked by a diverse network of transportation options, it will offer a mix of freehold and leasehold properties.

Nikken Sekkei’s design forms an integral part of the Jumeirah Gardens development, as a new sustainable green oasis in Dubai. The city includes tranquil residential districts, areas dedicated to small offices for entrepreneurs as well as office towers and hotels. Natural breeze corridors will be created by the curvature design of the buildings which once combined with greenery and landscaping ensures a pleasant living environment.

The project will feature at least eight landmark buildings including “Park Gate” and its six paired towers and “1 Dubai”, a mega-structure consisting of three linked towers of staggered heights, with mosaic-like glass and aluminium-mesh cladding set to be one of the tallest and largest buildings in the world.

Jumeirah Gardens will be home to one of the region’s first microclimates. Arched canopies in the Park Gate development will link each set of two towers in the development, creating open-air, but shaded inner atriums. At varying levels on the towers, landscaped gardens and sky gardens, with indigenous saline-tolerant plants will provide natural cooling through evapotranspiration and shading, resulting in a microclimate more than 10 degree centigrade cooler than the outside.

Construction has already begun. The first buildings within Phase 1 are expected to be handed over in the fourth quarter of 2011. Final completion of Phase 1 is set for the fourth quarter of 2013. The entire scheme will be developed over 12 years and on a budget of Dh350 billion.

Laura Salmi

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