Nikken Sekkei showcases multi-billion dollar projects at Cityscape Global in Dubai
Japanese architecture and urban design firm Nikken Sekkei showcased multi-billion dollar local, regional and international projects from 12 global cities this week at Cityscape Global, held in Dubai.
From the UAE to Russia and India, among others, the projects included Godrej Origins’ The Residences at The Trees in Mumbai; Botanica, a 30-hectare TOD project in north eastern Moscow; Tadawul HQ in Riyadh; Reem Tower in Abu Dhabi and Dubai-based projects including One Za’abeel and Forte Towers.
Godrej Origins’ The Residences consists of one and three-bedroom apartments with luxury grade specifications and fittings, and promotes sustainability.
The mixed-use development, which sits in India’s commercial capital, transformed a former soap factory, and is aimed at upper-middle class residents and expats. According to a report from property consultancy Square Yards, the 2.6 million strong Indian expatriate community in the UAE has pumped $1.69 billion into the Indian real estate market in the first nine months of 2016.
Sustainability is at the core of Godrej, from the design to the engineering, said the architects. “We have carried this ethos throughout the entire project,” said Fadi Jabri, executive officer and principle overseeing the MENA, CIS and India regions. “The IGBG Platinum rating is an endorsement of our sustainable approach to design. We have also managed to create a great appreciation of zen, sophisticated, yet simple interiors.”
Regional projects like One Za’abeel, Forte Towers and Tadawul HQ are super tall buildings, and reflect Nikken Sekkei’s expanding presence across the Middle East. The firm also announced the upcoming project Reem Tower, a 172m high building in Abu Dhabi.
According to Jabri, Reem Tower is set to be an iconic project situated at the north east of Marina Square, a premium waterfront development on the emirate’s Reem Island. Piercing the Abu Dhabi skyline, the residential complex will have a built-up area of 87,075m2 with parking for 500 cars. It construction is expected to commence by mid-2018.