Dubai Design District selects Foster + Partners to design second phase

Iconic architects were also behind Wembley Stadium, Heathrow Airport and Trafalgar Square Redevelopment
Dubai Design District selects Foster + Partners to design second phase
Images by Foster + Partners
By Aidan Imanova
Thu 07 May 2015 04:17 PM

Dubai Design District (d3) has chosen architect firm Foster + Partners to design the second phase of its 93,000 square metre masterplan.

The new development will become a “Creative Community” that will form a “thriving epicentre” within the heart of the project as well as being an incubator for emerging designers and artists.

Gerard Evenden, studio head at Foster + Partners said: “This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows Dubai’s design scene to flourish from within.

“Approaching the brief, our first step was to explore the balance of activities in a successful, youthful, creative hub, and to understand the aspirations of the different users. We analysed the way that spaces were being used, and then brought a variety of functions together to encourage collaboration between disciplines. This, combined with the highly flexible modules, will help to create a thriving, self-sustaining community.”

Following a competition including a number of well-known architects, Foster + Partners, who have been behind major UK projects such as the Trafalgar
Square Redevelopment, Wembley Stadium
reconstruction, and London Heathrow
Airport, were selected for the job.

The firm’s design includes flexible offices, co-working communal facilities, outdoor display venues as well as a number of pedestrianised spaces located within a lively landscape. These spaces will be built with the intention of being used all year-round.



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