In­ter­na­tional com­pany P&T Ar­chi­tects and En­gi­neers re­veals con­cept de­sign for new multi­bil­lion AED mixed-use de­vel­op­ment in Dubai

Middle East Architect - - INSIGHT: CONCEPT DESIGN - Writ­ten by Rima Alsammarae Im­ages cour­tesy of P&T Ar­chi­tects and En­gi­neers

In­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice P&T Ar­chi­tects and En­gi­neers has re­vealed its con­cept de­sign for Dubai’s new multi­bil­lion AED de­vel­op­ment, Com­merCity, a joint ven­ture be­tween DAFZA and Wasl As­set Man­age­ment Group.

Lo­cated in the Umm Ramool area, which is ear­marked to de­velop into a mixed com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial zone, the project is the first free zone ded­i­cated to e-com­merce in the MENA re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the ar­chi­tects, which con­sists of 427,000m2 of of­fice space, 207,000m2 for lo­gis­tics units cov­er­ing, 176,000m2 for in­fra­struc­ture and 220,000m2 for park­ing. The project is di­vided into three clus­ters: Of­fice Park, Cen­tral Park and Lo­gis­tics Park, which are all de­signed to strate­gi­cally achieve en­vi­ron­men­tal and in­vest­ment sus­tain­abil­ity.

A chal­lenge the team faced was cre­at­ing a com­plete mixe­duse project that con­sisted of com­po­nents hardly re­lated in terms of ar­chi­tec­tural style and usage. The mas­ter­plan was de­signed to grad­u­ally tran­si­tion from the high-end pol­ished en­vi­ron­ment of grade-A of­fices to the harsh in­dus­trial en­vi­ron­ment of the ware­houses in Lo­gis­tics Park, with a so­cial park act­ing as a hy­brid in terms of func­tion and de­sign.

“Flex­i­bil­ity for the of­fice and ware­house com­po­nents was the fo­cus in the de­sign in prepa­ra­tion for an ever-chang­ing fu­ture,” said Stephan Frantzen, de­sign di­rec­tor at P&T Ar­chi­tects and En­gi­neers. “We try to cre­ate spa­ces that in­vite peo­ple to cre­ate and ex­plore chang­ing and evolv­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. Sus­tain­abil­ity was a must, and the large lo­gis­tics build­ings are, for in­stance, cov­ered in pho­to­voltaic pan­els, which pro­duce most of the needed en­ergy for the en­tire de­vel­op­ment.”

Frantzen added that ve­hi­cle de­pen­dence may be dras­ti­cally re­duced in the fu­ture, lead­ing the de­sign team to de­sign park­ing pre­dom­i­nantly above ground, so that such spa­ces can be con­verted into of­fice and re­tail spa­ces later on if needed.

“We hope that Com­merCity of­fers en­dusers a place that is al­ways show­ing new things, where peo­ple work­ing in the DAFZA Um Ramool de­vel­op­ment love to be, and where peo­ple from all over Dubai want to go and ex­plore,” said Frantzen.

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