The design approach is specific for this project and wouldn’t work quite as sensibly for another. It’s a reasoning brought by the background of the project which emphasizes relationships to the site and the four different core functions to each other; offices, hotel, retail, and residential; that melds with significant spiritual and abstract components of the Arabic way of life. By combining the different abstract affects of the Arabic way of life, the local context, and the different programmatic necessities, this mixed-use development creates ‘hyperspaces.’
They can either be programmatic or abstract in function, or both at the same time. The architecture and layout of the project is a reflection upon absorbing the different considerations, requirements, and limitations of the mixed-use typology and the local context. There are forces molding the architecture’s mass that create ‘hyper-spaces,’ hosting multiple but relatively distinct activities. Then there are collided programmatic necessities producing residual public gardens. Moreover, there are spaces highlighting restraints which are converted into functional areas. Its layout suggests a heightened architectural discourse of a mixed-use development by studying its core concepts and relationships that translates into having multiple layers of connecting spaces and additions of capacity for areas to hold different functions and activities.
All the while, during this translation there is a constant reference to the overlying layers of the local context. Its architecture is a continuous visual reminder of the richness of the Arabic culture that employs vegetal and geometric Arabic motifs hugging the skin, wall, floor, and ceiling. These are stamped on a non-formal combination of sweeping and staggered architectural language.WTA Architecture + Design Studio
Year + Status: 2014 – Concept
GFA + Program: 32877 sq.m. – Mixed-Use