United Properties Motor CityMotor City
United Arab Emirates
Design Achievement - This new headquarters office establishes a new sculptural landmark and architectural identity for Union Properties Developers. DLR Group’s design focuses on Union Properties’ primary goal of designing a climate responsive building in the Dubai desert that meets the highest sustainability standards. The building expression is informed by a response to tropical desert climate conditions. An east-west orientation leverages the longer north and south facades with steeper sun angles that can be more easily shaded. A series of cascading, planted terraces offer maximum views and access to nature. The introduction of biophilia through living systems to the user experience of the spaces, the building functions in a manner that will positively impact human physiology and wellbeing. The building invites employees and visitors through a garden landscape that leads to vehicle drop-off and parking, sheltered by an open-air structure. Building users are also directed up through a grand staircase connecting the street level to the main entry courtyard. Office spaces are organized around a central circulation core and open social stairway. Shared amenities and meeting spaces stack vertically through the building, connecting multiple floors and providing a range of opportunities for informal activities, interactions, and easy access to outdoor terraces. A flexible, open office layout will provide views and daylighting for all occupied spaces, meeting the needs of Union Properties while providing adaptability for future growth.
Scope Summary - The building is a 108,000-SF structure composed of steel and cast-in-place concrete floor slabs. Exterior materials include pre-cast or stone sun shading on the south and perforated steel plate shades on both the west and east sides. These facade elements provide a harder edge protecting the building from Dubai’s harsher weather, while floor plates extend to the north creating sculpted ceiling planes above the outdoor roof terraces. The interior material palette tells a story of wood, stone, and glass. In addition to passive sustainable strategies embedded in the building orientation and massing, which reduce building energy consumption and carbon emissions, there is a comprehensive set of LEED strategies. Those include a narrow floor plate to increase access to views, quality daylight, and reduced cooling loads to allow for a more robust and efficient cooling system. A radiant chilled ceiling served by a central plant could reduce energy consumption and improve thermal comfort. DLR Group provided architecture, energy performance engineering, and consulting services.