rgg architects proposes its first mixed-use skyscraper in dubai, united arab emirates. located at the center of marina district’s business hub and high-rise office towers, the ‘dubai nhabitat’ tower is conceptualized with an architectural approach that permits as transparent, perceivable and pluralistic uses as possible. the proposal is settled behind other business centers and high-rise office towers, competing with their heights, lined along the shoreline. the mixed-use tower, which reaches 310 meters above ground level, directs its facade to the sheikh ziyad road on the front side of the project site, while it provides the control of the pedestrian and vehicle network with the connection to the subway station located at ground level.
he ‘dubai nhabitat’ mixed-use tower, reaching a total of 140,000-square-meter construction area, is comprised of 300 hotel rooms and 450 residential units. on the ground and on the first floor, the hotel and residence blocks are detached from each other with an urban slit. the tower continues with different circulation schemes on the upper floors and the overall density of the mass is diminished by enriching it with the social activity spaces and the viewing terraces in the technical intermediate floors of the general plan. the building continues up to the 12th level with three circulation schemes and then with two circulation cores after that level. the pedestrian circulation is shortened by carrying some parts of the parking lots to the upper floors in the building.
rgg architects’ proposal is designed to be constructed by using an algorithmic software program and to be constructed with a composite system, including steel and concrete. in this sense, the ‘dubai nhabitat’ is planned by minimizing its carbon footprint as much as possible, as well as considering dubai’s local ecosystem and reducing the environmental impacts of the construction. all modules, which can be produced by being enlarged or shrunk by an 8 m x 8 m gridded layout, utilize daylight as much as possible and are defined by windows and partly full surfaces opening through the module to ensure maximum energy efficiency.