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Nebula Competition Dubai
Architecture Development, Madinat Al Arab, UAE – design by A-CERO, architects
25 Oct 2007
Building info from A-CERO Architects:
A-CERO wins the “Nebula” International Ideas Competition in Dubai
The Spanish architecture studio A-CERO, headed by J. Torres and R. Llamazares, has won the restricted international competition of ideas for the design of a new exclusive residential zone in the Madinat Al Arab district, in Dubai’s coast. The new development, called Nebula, includes a hotel, luxury apartments, commercial spaces, offices, a marina and leisure zones, comprising 450.000 sq. meters of built surface, near the third (and the bigger) of the Palms, on this ever changing coastline. The work will be undertaken in three fused locations corresponding to three plots situated in zone C for a low-rise 10-storey development, three apartment towers of 20-30 storeys and two 50-storey towers.
A-CERO’s proposal tries to build a new space from the relation between the gulf sea and the desert behind, through a dynamic volume composition arising from the contact with the sea, and gently growing inland to configure a forceful suite of very tall buildings. The design is inspired by the ephemeral architecture of the local nomadic culture and the works of artist David Nash, an inspirational figure for the studio’s architecture.
The use of water, both as the main landscape element and as a natural climate conditioner, plays the most important part in the exterior design of this new project. The constant presence of water, the treatment of both the indoor and outdoor light and the choice of materials have directed the project while also generating a diversity of ambiences that are propitious for different uses – play, rest, living and sport – to provide a unifying vision. The intervention on the landscape values the natural environment of the location. The proposed compositions of vegetation are interesting from a plastic point of view, yet adapted to the conditions of the area owing to the importance of managing the available water resources.
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