United Arab Emirates
Design Achievement - DLR Group's design re-envisions a traditional souk as a modern two-level retail mall. The retail podium sits below four residential G+6/7 towers that impact the podium with limited floor-to-floor heights, and minimum corridor widths and sight lines. DLR Group overcame the design challenges by applying colors and materials that open up the spaces and minimize obstructed views. The scale and abundance of columns interceding the main corridors became an opportunity to apply materials that would reduce the scale and optimize the visibility of reflective storefronts. Throughout double-height spaces, the columns evolve into a featured element highlighting a back lit, onyx inlay illuminating the space. A slim, knife-edge cove light detail reflected within the floor that runs the length of the mall achieves a visual connection as the consumer traverses the mall.
Scope Summary - Dubai Wharf is a mixed-use development set within the heart of the Dubai Creek. DLR Group is responsible for 120,000-SF of two-level retail sited within the developments podium. The development acts as an attraction and destination hub for both shopping and entertainment, catering to both residents and visitors alike, and is set to complement and boost the reputation of Dubai on the world shopping and cultural map. Dubai Wharf combined a unique contemporary design with modern features to offer a relaxing living experience within the community. DLR Group provided architectural design services.