Taking over 76.000 m², this mixed-use building has been envisioned to occupy a plot in the center of Abu Dhabi. Comprised of residential units, retail spaces, and an underground parking lot, the design takes cues from vernacular Arab architecture, and reinterprets it under a contemporary lens.
First, the volume has been split in two to form a pair of central courtyards, which not only provide stunning vistas, but also natural light and ventilation for each and every residential unit. Due to the arid desert climate of the UAE, latticework covers the façade, allowing it to react to light, cooling the interiors and generating a play of light and shadows inside.
Continuing with the incision theme, the front face of the building features a vertical cut, which in turn creates a vertical garden that leads all the way to the rooftop garden terrace. These simple gestures result in the conscious addition of green spaces for residents and those visiting the building.