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2 Nov 2017

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UAE Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

Grimshaw Dubai Architects Office
Grimshaw Dubai architects office
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Grimshaw Dubai Architects Office
Official launch of new architectural office located in the D3 Design District. After many years of working on projects in the Middle East, it will act as a central hub for the projects in the region, a number of which are now on site.

23 Oct 2017
Aljada Masterplan Sharjah
Design: Woods Bagot, architects
Aljada Development Masterplan, Sharjah
image from architects office

Aljada Development Masterplan in Sharjah
Development with property developer Arada offers a lifestyle that integrates Living, Working and Entertainment into a vibrant urban environment.

13 Sep 2017
OCTOPUS – House in Dubai

OCTOPUS - House in Dubai

The glass house design by Stipfold Architects (Tbilisi, Georgia) is condensed with multiple rooms of various functionalities and in order to balance the busyness, it is executed with minimalistic approach.

Octopus House design in Dubai

Transparent walls convey a sense of unity of internal areas, as well as wholeness with the external space and amplify the contrast between hot climate and the cool interior.

OCTOPUS Dubai from Stipfold on Vimeo.

For achieving a privacy in a single room, it may be skirted with remotely controlled white panels, spread with simplified oriental ornaments.

Octopus House design in Dubai

Shadows casted by these traditional outlines augment the particular character of the house.

OCTOPUS House interior Dubai

The miniature waterfalls drop at the entrance door and in the backyard pool. Small gardens symmetrically break up the space adding organic atmosphere to the house.

OCTOPUS House design Dubai

Project Leader: Beka Pkhakadze
Copywriter: Mika Motskobili
Location Dubai / United Arab Emirates
Type Residential / House
Site: 3100 sqm
Area: 700 sqm

Octopus House garden design in Dubai

Octopus House landscape design in Dubai

4 Aug 2017
The Torch tower fire at Dubai Marina
Fire hit The Marina Torch in Dubai Marina overnight on Thursday, prompting an evacuation of the 86-storey building.

No casualties were reported and the fire was put out at 3.30am, according to Dubai Civil Defence.

Reports suggest the fire broke out on 9th floor and spread to upper four floors.

The Torch tower is one of the world’s tallest residential buildings, rising to 337 metres, with 676 apartments. The building experienced a similar a fire in February 2015.

It was completed in 2011 and designed by architects National Engineering Bureau.

The tower became the tallest residential building in the world in 2011, surpassing Q1 Tower in Australia.

26 Jul 2017
Design Concept for the Swiss Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai
2020 Expo Dubai Swiss Pavilion by HHF Architects
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Expo 2020 in Dubai Swiss Pavilion Building Design
Under the title Grande Complication, HHF Architects have submitted a design for the competition to construct the national pavilion at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

24 Jun 2017
UAE Architecture Jobs
5 UAE architectural jobs added

Rehubic Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Project Manager in Dubai

Phoenix interiors, Ajman, United Arab Emirates
Architetural Draftswoman in Ajman, UAE

Al Rimal Real Estate, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architect in Dubai

Mission Control X, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Architecture & Interior Designer in Dubai

Gravity Enterprise Management Consultancy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Senior Interior Designer in Dubai UAE

Architecture Jobs – frequently updated

29 May 2017
Museum of the Future in Dubai, Emirates Towers area, on south side of Sheikh Zayed Road
Architect: Shaun Killa of Killa Design
Museum of the Future in Dubai Building |
image courtesy of architects

Museum of the Future in Dubai Building
The oval-shaped building with a hole will center on a holographic billboard and feature exhibits on different areas of innovation from education to healthcare. Large components of the building will even be 3D printed for the cause.

27 May 2017
Dubai Building Photos
Dubai buildings |
photo © Adrian Welch
Dubai Building Photos
A series of pictures taking around this bustling UAE city.

7 Apr 2017
Burj 2020 Dubai Tower in UAE
Architects: RNL Design
BURJ 2020 Dubai
photo courtesy of architects

BURJ 2020 Dubai Building
The world’s tallest commercial tower, part of the Jumeirah Lakes Towers development. The tower is to be completed in advance of Expo 2020 Dubai.

16 Mar 2017
Concrete, Alserkal Avenue
Design: OMA
Concrete Alserkal Avenue by OMA in Dubai
photo : Mohamed Somji. Photo courtesy Alserkal Avenue

Concrete Dubai
OMA’s first completed project in the United Arab Emirates, opens at Alserkal Avenue. The limitless space will transform the cultural ecosystem and possibilities in the UAE.

16 Feb 2017
Dubai plans miniature city on planet Mars

Miniature city on Mars:
Miniature city on Mars

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has announced intentions to build a “miniature city” on Mars within the next 100 years, reports Arabian Business.

Miniature city on Mars

Sheikh Mohammed, who also serves as the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, launched the project at the World Government Summit.

Miniature city on Mars

Entitled the 2117 Mars project, the endeavor aims to develop scientific capabilities, and may result in the conversion of local universities into research facilities.

Miniature city on Mars

The project will focus on parallel research into exploring means of mobility, housing, energy and food as well as speeding up the time it takes to travel to the planet.

“There are no limits to the imagination and aspirations of human beings,” he tweeted.

Related link: Mars Habitat Concept Design by Foster + Partners


6 Dec 2016
Concrete Venue
Design: OMA
Concrete Venue Dubai Alserkal Avenue by OMA
image from architects

Concrete Dubai by OMA
Alserkal Avenue to inaugurate UAE’s first OMA-designed space with exhibition of modern and contemporary Syrian art. The multi-purpose events venue will open with a show titled Syria: Into the Light, showcasing works from the Atassi Foundation’s collection.

26 Nov 2016
The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour
Iconic new addition to Dubai’s skyline, ‘The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour’ for Emaar Properties.

The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour foundations

Because of the height and design of the structure, ground engineering is critical in the programme schedule and foundation design. “We deployed resources and expertise to meet a demanding design programme and to ensure the results of the site investigation were of the highest quality,” explained Peter Brooke, Fugro’s Business Delivery Manager.

The scope of works included over 4,800 metres of triple tube coring to depths of up to 200 metres and 225 in situ pressure meter tests. A full range of standard and specialist geotechnical laboratory testing was undertaken on the recovered core. To complete the campaign, Fugro carried out downhole P and S suspension logging.

Fugro has conducted an extensive geotechnical investigation campaign for this new Dubai building. This programme represents one of the most comprehensive geotechnical investigations undertaken in the region and the acquired information will be the base for the foundation and piling designs.

Nov 8, 2016
Hyperloop Pods and Portals
Design: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai
image from architects

Hyperloop Pods and Portals in Dubai
Design unveiled for autonomous transportation system and the world’s first Hyperloop pods and portals in Dubai, UAE just as Hyperloop One inks major deal with Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

28 Oct 2016
Dubai Maritime Museum & Research Centre
Design: Studio Niko Kapa
Dubai Maritime Museum & Research Centre Building
image from architect

Dubai Maritime Museum & Research Centre
Conceived as a continuation and a transition through the wide public space, the building dives into the ocean and merges with it. It develops as a triangular sharp form, which concentrates the public routes to the museum, through an inviting shape that draws visitors to the entrance and distributes them to the interior.

Solar Innovation Centre in Dubai – 14 Oct 2016

Al Qassimi Hospital in Dubai – 12 Oct 2016

Ladybird Early Learning Centre in Dubai – 30 Sep 2016

20 Sep 2016
1/JBR luxurious high-rise residential tower will overlook the upcoming Dubai Eye and The Palm
Design: Edge Design, architects
1/JBR Residential Tower Dubai Building
image from architect

1/JBR Residential Tower Dubai
A 46 storey luxurious residential tower overlooking the upcoming Dubai Eye and The Palm.

9 Sep 2016
Grimshaw selected to design Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai
Design: Grimshaw Architects
Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020
image courtesy of architects

Sustainability Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai

21 + 20 Jul 2016
Dubai Marina Tower Fire

Dubai Sulafa Tower fire – a major fire broke out at a 75-storey luxury Dubai apartment block.

Large sections of the 285m high building – possibly as much as two thirds of the block – were engulfed by flames.

Dubai Sulafa Tower fire

The skyscraper is the 23rd tallest building in Dubai and 127th tallest in the world.

Time Out Dubai said the fire is believed to have started on the 35th floor of the Sulafa Tower at 2.48pm on Wednesday 20th July.

28 Mar 2016
Fire sweeps through Ajman tower

A fire has broken out in a tower block in the city of Ajman in the United Arab Emirates:

Fire sweeps through Dubai skyscraper

The Address Dubai tower Building

31 Dec 2015 – A fire engulfs The Address Hotel in downtown Dubai in the United Arab Emirates December 31, 2015, reports the BBC.

A fire erupts in a building in Dubai close to the world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, ahead of a major New Year fireworks display. The architects of the tower are Atkins.

The Address Dubai Skyscraper
The Address Dubai Skyscraper

The Address hotel, UAE, images © from Atkins

Dubai Architecture Tours – launched May 2014

New photos of the airport building interior, 28 Jul 2014:

Dubai Airport Building Dubai Airport Building Dubai Airport Building

Dubai Airport Building Dubai Airport Building

CTBUH Names Sowwah Square Best Tall Building in the Middle East & Africa 2013
Sowwah Square
photo © Lester Alio
CTBUH Awards 2013 – 30 Jun 2013
Highly distinctive towers in Canada, China, the UK and UAE have been named the best tall buildings in the world for 2013 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). The four regional winners include The Bow in Calgary, Canada (Americas); CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, China (Asia & Australia); The Shard, London (Europe); Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (Middle East & Africa).

Jumeirah College
Design: BDP
Jumeirah College Building
image from architect

Jumeirah College Dubai – 8 Nov 2012
The architects have been commissioned for the relocation of a prestigious primary and secondary school in Jumeirah. The building relocation will provide additional facilities for 2,300 students. The new building has already started on site and will be a showcase school for the charitable organisation GEMS Education.

O-14 tower, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE – new photos
Reiser + Umemoto – RUR Architecture
O-14 tower Dubai Business Bay Skyscraper
photo : Nelson Garrido

O-14 tower Dubai – 5 Oct 2012
O-14 is a twenty-two storey tall commercial tower perched on a two-storey podium in the heart of Dubai’s Business Bay. O-14 comprises 300,000 square feet and is a collaboration between RUR Architecture of New York and the Creek Side Development Company of Dubai. O-14 is located along the extension of Dubai Creek, occupying a prominent location on the waterfront esplanade. The design of O-14 fundamentally shifts away from the architectural norm in current Dubai towers by eliminating the now obligatory curtain wall and above ground parking in favor of a shade-producing, concrete load-bearing shell and an open public space at the tower base achieved by moving the parking below ground.

Siemens Middle East Headquarters, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi
Sheppard Robson
Siemens Building UAE
image from architects

Siemens HQ Masdar City – 3 Jan 2012
Design for Siemens’ headquarters at Masdar City has established a new model for sustainable office buildings in the Middle East. Siemens Real Estate set clear standards to achieve an innovative office concept with highest quality architectural design, the most efficient use of space and energy and to be one of the first buildings of its kind in the region to have LEED Platinum status.

Dubai Architecture News – 2011

Dubai Pearl
Schweger Association Architects
Dubai Pearl
image from FD

Dubai Pearl
Construction of Dubai Pearl is continuing, and the groundwork, foundations, basements and lower grounds floors of the four towers which form the central section of Phase 1 of the development is now complete. A total of 3.5 million man hours have so far been spent since work started on site and over 60,000 cubic meter of concrete has been poured on one of the largest construction projects still being developed in the UAE.

Dubai Architecture News – 2010

Masdar Institute Campus, Abu Dhabi
Foster + Partners
Masdar Institute campus Abu Dhabi
photo : Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Masdar Institute Campus

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – FWAD
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi
picture from architect

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – FWAD opens

Regent Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi
Söhne & Partners
Emirates Pearl
picture from architect

Regent Emirates Pearl

Code Unique Hotel, Dubai
Söhne & Partners, Architects
Code Unique Hotel
image from architect

Code Unique Hotel

Yas Island Yacht Club, Abu Dhabi
Omiros One Architecture (O1A)
Yas Island Yacht Club
photograph from architect

Yas Island Yacht Club

Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum Building – Piling Starts
Jean Nouvel
Abu Dhabi Louvre site
photo from BQ
Abu Dhabi Louvre

Heart of Europe, ‘The World’ : A-cero
The World Dubai
photo from architect

Burj Khalifa Dubai : information from Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects
Burj Khalifa
photo © Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Dubai Building News 2009

Dubai Architecture News – Selection from 2009

Saadiyat Island Cultural District
various architects
Saadiyat Island Buildings
image from Saadiyat

Saadiyat Island Buildings

Masdar Design Contest, UAE : LAVA win
Laboratory for Visionary Architecture
Masdar Centre Design
picture from architect

Masdar Design Competition

Dubai Building News 2008

Dubai Architecture News – Selection from 2008

MOMEMA : Museum of Middle East Modern Art
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Burj Dubai : tallest building in world
Burj Dubai Tower
photo from architect
Burj Dubai skyscraper

The Gateway Project – Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah
picture : MIR

Ras Al Khaimah Building

Waterfront City Masterplan
Waterfront City Dubai
image from architect

Dubai Masterplan

Masdar Headquarters
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Masdar Headquarters
image from architect

Masdar Headquarters

Dubai Building News – 2007

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Palm Jebel Ali

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