Sustainability is key driver for UAE architecture in 2017 says Emkaan

Sustainability will drive UAE design practices in 2017, according to architecture and engineering consultancy, Emkaan.

The company’s 2017 forecast predicts that minimalist designs, new developments in vertical cities, and the increased use of 3D-printed interiors will also represent key trends during the coming year.

Emkaan is anticipating “a more classic authenticity and design and materials” in the UAE.

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Muhammed Obaid, founder and chief executive officer of Emkaan, said: “In the UAE, the prolific use of technology and social media consumption has shortened the gap in adaption of global trends.

“The country is seeing international styles hitting local markets a lot quicker than in previous years,” he added.

Sustainability will continue to be a vanguard of all building endeavours in the UAE, according to Emkaan’s 2017 forecast. The firm notes that smart and energy-efficient buildings are becoming more common in the country.

Emkaan’s forecast notes that as designers look to preserve horizontal spaces for food, production, nature, and recreation, vertical cities are likely to increase in prevalence.

The consultancy also points out that minimalist designs are in keeping with the increasingly fast-paced lifestyles of UAE residents, and that 3D-printing advancements are leading to fresh possibilities for decorating and creative innovation.

Obaid founded Emkaan in 2009. Today, the consultancy’s 40-strong workforce offers a range of services, including design, tender management, site supervision, and value engineering.

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