Video: How Foster + Partners uses architecture to create Dubai’s first design institute

Foster + Partners has been invited as part of an international competition to design Phase II of the Dubai Design District, known as the Creative Community, inspired by similar art districts from around the world such as the Meat Packing district in New York and London’s Shoreditch.

The Creative Community includes the first design institute of its kind in the Middle East, the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation.

“Situated at the heart of the Creative Community, the design creates complex visual and physical connections between the various spaces within the building and its surroundings, and symbolises the growing importance of Dubai as a design destination,” said Gerard Evenden, head of studio and senior executive partner at Foster + Partners. Learn more about the design of DIDI here.

Last year, designMENA interviewed Evenden about the Creative Community masterplan.

“There are many art districts [around the world] but they all tend to start up in industrial areas with some dereliction and nostalgia, so to create that environment from scratch with the same ambiance and vibrancy was a challenge and it was what drove us to thinking that the competition was worth entering. I don’t think anyone has attempted to do this before,” he said. Read full interview here.