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Fosters appointed to masterplan Dubai design district

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Foster + Partners has been appointed to draw up plans for the second phase of Dubai’s design district

The he 300,000m² creative development close to Mohammed Bin Rashid City and next to Dubai’s Business Bay will act as an incubator for emerging local artists and designers.

The scheme includes flexible offices, co-working spaces, outdoor display venues, exhibition spaces and landscaping and will have ‘contemporary approach to architecture’.

In developing the plans for the project the team visited New York’s Meatpacking District and East London’s Shoreditch, investigating the ‘core ingredients that make them popular and relevant’.

Mohammad Al Shehhi, COO of the Dubai Design District (d3) commented: ‘d3’s pioneering creative community will help to foster the growth of the UAE’s design industry by acting as a dedicated destination for all things design, fashion, art and luxury.

‘We’ve undertaken extensive research and fact finding, to better understand what makes design communities really thrive. We quickly established that one of the key ingredients for a flourishing design scene, that will grow as people inhabit the area, is affordable space designed to inspire creativity. The design of d3’s creative community by experts such as Foster + Partners offers a fully-fledged community that will be a fantastic melting pot of innovative and creative talents, as well as emerging and established brands.’

Gerard Evenden, studio head at Foster + Partners, added: ‘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 analysed 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.’

The development is set to complete in 2017.

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