By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The project will offer year-round rainfall that will reduce temperature to 27 degrees Celsius during the summer season
Dubai-based developer Kleindienst Group has begun developing a 1-kilometre long ‘raining street’ project that will offer rainfall throughout the year on the Europe Island of its $5 billion Heart of Europe project.
According to the company, the project will offer year-round rainfall that will reduce temperature to 27 degrees Celsius during the summer season to provide enough cooling.
The street will have a boulevard setting filled with street café, casual dining restaurants and retail outlets.
It is also expected to host as many as 51 year-round ‘European’ festivals throughout the year. The project is backed by the Fraunhofer Institute, a Munich-based research organisation.
The raining street project is inspired by a 150-year old architectural project designed by Austrian architect Camillo Sitte, who proposed the construction of cities in which everything is in walking distance.
“With the temperature ranging between 40 to 50 degrees Celsius during summer, people are not going to walk outside,” company chairman Josef Kleindienst said.
“The technology ensures that as soon as the temperature goes about 27 degrees Celsius on the island, cold water in the form of rain will fall from top of the buildings through concealed pipes,” he said. “As the buildings take shape, we have started the engineering works to set up the Rainy Street within the European Island of the Heart of Europe, which will be surrounded by hotels and resorts.”
The first phase of the Heart of Europe project is slated for delivery in Q4 2020. The phase will consist of three islands – Sweden, Germany and Honeymoon islands – as well as 78 ‘floating seahorses’ and the Portafino Hotel.Once complete, plans for the Heart of Europe call for 15 hotels, 4,000 holiday homes and more than 3,500 hotel keys.