Dubai Design District select Foster + Partners to design second phase

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.

“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.

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