Killa Design creates new beachfront destination
In partnership with designMENA: Anchoring on the end of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residences and close to the ongoing Bluewaters development, Jumeirah Gate will be a new signature addition to the Dubai Marina skyline.
Killa Design is the architect behind the 303m tall twin towers linked by a sky-bridge and a landscaped podium. The development comprises both residential apartments and a beachfront resort hotel operated by The Address.
Sune Theil is lead architect on the project. He said: “The original brief was for two towers, however analysing the highly fragmented skyline of the Dubai Marina and JLT we realised that we needed to design something different than just adding another two towers at the end of the beachfront. We therefore aspired to create one elegant combined building with a timeless form effectively concluding the Marina skyline.”
The building includes what will be one of the highest infinity swimming pool in the world. The project is aimed at creating a resort destination, with lush landscaping, numerous pools and pedestrian connectivity to the neighbourhood as a major priority.
The west tower will be a hotel with 217 keys and 443 serviced apartments operated by The Address, while the east tower holds 479 residential units. Both towers are 77 floors high with parking for more than 1,500 vehicles. The total built area is 255,000m2 and the target opening date is 2020.
MEP facilities are contained on the top floors below the pool deck and at intermediate mechanical floors, which are all well integrated into the façade design. Apartments vary in sizes with one and two bedrooms on the lower floors and three, four and five bedrooms on the higher floors.
Theil said: “What sets this design apart is its simple and distinctive form. The tower’s pure form is an ellipse in plan with a void in the centre that serves to increase daylight penetration.
“Optimising the views to the Arabian Gulf and the Palm Jumeriah was always an important part of the original design and from concept we ensured that the orthogonal structural arrangement would enhance this. The twin tower orientation is almost perfectly aligned to the east west axis. This orientation uses first principals of sustainable design to passively reduce the solar gain on the towers by over 50% by facing the narrowest edges of the building towards the low angle rising and setting sun.”
The tower façade articulation further increases the shading to the elevations and helps reduce the scale of the 77 storeys.
Within the podium there will be public facilities, restaurants and retail components, within the landscape there will be there multiple overlapping infinity swimming pools, sundecks, outdoor dining areas and dedicated access to the beach.
“Our challenge was that resorts are normally low-rise with intimate landscape design,” Theil said. “The landscaped podium is designed in such a way that it peels off the building in multiple levels like a nautilus shell and fans out into the beach. It is broken down into terraces of greenery, restaurants and pools that cascade into each other. This has allowed us to create a relaxed resort environment where visitors experience different vantage points and special Instagram moments as they move around the landscape.”
A footbridge bridge across the canal will link the project with the Bluewaters leisure facilities.
Theil said: “We want the hotel to be a true destination for visitors and provide a lush green environment within an urban context. In line with the Green Dubai strategy the development is highly integrated with the pedestrian connectivity of the Dubai Marina, allowing for multiple pedestrian routes to link through the site and back to the neighbouring urban context.”