Three finalists have been announced for the 2016 edition of Urban Commissions, a design initiative launched by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority to design a public shelter that is to be placed within the urban landscape of Dubai Design District (d3).
1. Hinjal Kumar (architecture student at the American University of Sharjah) represented lifestyle improvement in response to the brief of designing a public shelter with her ‘Bike d3’. The shelter, a spiraling slatted bicycle storage system, defines intimate space and provides shade for d3 guests, and at the same time, offers an alternative mode of commuting in support of a healthier lifestyle.
2. Architects Atef Khedhir and Zyed Ben Cheikh designed ‘DXB Urban Peaks’ a structure reminiscent of a sailboat floating above the stone outdoor planes of d3.
3. Architect Fortune Penniman presented ‘Take Shelter’, a versatile shading and seating module derived from a single element; the beauty of which exists in the response to the immediate environment by integrating surrounding geometry within its structure. A cluster of the modules results in negative space that performs as shelter.