Dubai Design District select Foster + Partners to design second phase

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Dubai Design District (d3) has chosen Foster + Partners to design the second phase of its 93,000m2 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.

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“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 analyzed 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 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.

Images by Foster + Partners 

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