Challenging the orthodox in residential development was the goal of a project for Dubai’s Business Bay which has been designed by boutique architecture firm FHSI.
The company convinced both the client and the authorities that open space between two towers would add greatly to the lifestyle of residents – and create a community rather than just a place to live.
Sterling Towers, close to the Burj Khalifa in the Dowtown area, have dispensed with the usual podium, which is a very common feature in high rises. Instead the towers rise from ground level.
Architect Fariborz Hatam explained: “Typically in Dubai’s Business Bay district, towers have continuous podiums, meaning the building starts 16m above the ground.
“These towers then use the podium area for parkingm but this discourages interaction between people and buildings.”
Sterling Towers, called the East House and West House, were commissioned by developer Omniyat with the aim of challenging the standard approach to high-rise development and set a new benchmark in the region for residential living.
Hatam said he felt that FHSI Architects “successfully challenged rules and regulations” by convincing both the authorities and client to push the podium into the basement in order establish a street level with commercial activities.
“This allows the end users to benefit from an immediate, secure and easy to access environment where people can experience and appreciate nature and landscaping within the built environment. They can socialise, relax and become part of a community,” he said.