By Jeffrey Roberts
Finding modernity in Arabian architecture.
Inspired by the traditional urbanism of the imperial city of Fez in Morocco, de Rham Architects tried to capture the modernity of Arabian architecture in its masterplan for Acacia Avenues. In doing so, de Rham has designed a project that, while extravagant, offers distinctive living options for myriad lifestyles.
Located in Dubai between the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Palm, adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road and across from the future Nakheel Metro Station, Acacia Avenues will comprise two towers, approximately 50 villas and townhouses and 137 apartments in its first phase of development. By the end of the second phase in 2010, Acacia Avenues will be expanded to include an additional 140 apartments, all of which will be freehold space.
Read about the signature elements and the challenges of this European style development in the January 2008 issue of Middle East Architect.