The Old Town Residential | Burj Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Residential 

    Client: Emaar Properties
    No. of Keys / Area: 1950 keys
    Value: Not disclosed
    Completed: 2008
    Type of Project: Residential development with retail and commercial components

    “CELEBRATING THE ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE OF ARABIA, THE OLD TOWN IS A QUAINT NEIGHBOURHOOD”

    The Old Town Residential development is part of the greater masterplan of the new Burj Dubai precinct of Dubai. The brief was to create a mixed-use complex of commercial, retail and residential activity that responds to and reflects traditional Arabic architecture and that uses the heritage of the region as a foundation.

    The development uses a deliberately human scale and is an interpretation of traditional Arabic town architecture, emulating a thriving neighbourhood of meandering public walkways and private inner courtyards. Composed of 34 buildings of residential, retail, commercial, green recreational areas and private residential amenity functions, each engages with the other, both visually and physically.

    The challenge was to integrate the project with the greater community, whilst still giving privacy to the residences. Open pedestrian walkways enable people to move between the buildings and tie the various commercial and retail activities together at ground level. The residential zones are confined to the upper levels for privacy.

    This idea is inspired by vernacular town planning, where people ‘live-work-play’ within the same precinct.

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