The second phase of Dubai Design District (d3) designed by Foster + Partners is on track to be completed by mid-2018, reported the National.
So far, the development is 5% complete, involving the construction of d3’s ‘Creative Community’ including workshops, showrooms, design studios, and exhibition spaces for design and fashion events.
“We started enabling work [and] construction of the ‘Creative Community’. It will be completed by mid-2018,” said Mohammed Saeed Al Shehhi, chief operating officer of d3.
“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,” Gerard Evenden, studio head at Foster + Partners said of the project.
The third phase of the development is currently being designed and is scheduled to start in 2017 with a completion date planned for 2021.
Phase three will feature “hotels as well as entertainment, luxury retail and food and beverage [outlets],” said Al Shehhi. He added that the it will also overlook a 1.8km waterfront.