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Top Japanese architect launches new sustainable luxury living project at Dubai Design Week

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James Lakie
Nikken Sekkei

Nikken Sekkei has officially unveiled its latest project, Midori Park, located in Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai.

Leading Japanese architectural, engineering, and urban design firm Nikken Sekkei, one of the world’s largest practices, has officially revealed its latest Dubai-based project, Midori Park, at Dubai Design Week, which takes place until 12 November at Dubai Design District (D3).

The project, which is located in Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC), was designed by Nikken Sekkei on behalf of Qube Development with a vision to revolutionise urban living, prioritising sustainability and well-being through biophilic design.

Fadi Jabri, executive officer of Nikken Sekkei and CEO of Nikken Sekkei Dubai, said: “Midori Park embodies the essence of sustainable luxury living. Our approach places sustainability at its core, emphasising community connectivity and minimised energy consumption while offering exceptional comfort and timeless elegance. Reference to nature has always been a basic principle in Japanese aesthetics. We consider biophilia an essential component of attractive public spaces and are devising diverse ways of incorporating it in the design of urban environments.”

The new residential tower and mixed-use development will feature a variety of amenities, including a pool, gym, spa and yoga area, as well as other recreational and social spaces. Residents will also have access to coworking areas and a children’s playground.

The signature cascading design of overhanging eaves, shading elements, and vibrant greenery are deployed throughout the complex. A plethora of social spaces have also been created as places of respite, enhancing community connection and fostering a sense of belonging.

In addition to Midori Park, Nikken Sekkei will also showcase the landmark project, One Za’abeel, which has begun its phased handover this month, for which Nikken was appointed lead consultant in charge of design and supervision. Recognised as the gateway to Dubai’s Central Business District, the mixed-use development contains corporate offices, private residences, retail facilities, two hotels, 11 restaurants and more. The development comprises two towers, separated by a highway and connected 100 meters above the ground by a cantilevered building known as The Link. Among its many remarkable features, One Za’abeel offers visitors a rooftop garden atop its shopping podium and the UAE’s longest infinity pool on the roof of The Link. 

The project, driven by the aim of achieving LEED Gold certification, was designed with sustainability at its core, turning architectural design features into sustainable achievements.

"This exemplifies the fusion of opposing ideals: ultra-luxury and sustainability. We've achieved this through regionally sourced materials with low VOC emissions, heat-reducing materials on the towers and podium, drip-irrigation for plant sustainability, and energy-efficient glass façades surpassing Dubai Green Building Regulations. Additionally, airlocks at entrances minimise cooling loss by channelling HVAC return air outside, creating a refreshing breeze for arriving guests,” explained Jabri. 

Dubai Design Week will host a diverse programme of events and activities, including large-scale installations, new commissions, exhibitions, pop-ups, talks, workshops, a weekend market and the leading design fair in the region, Downtown Design.

The event will welcome over 500 designers, architects and creative practitioners from the region and globally, exploring topics from traditional practices and emerging technologies to environmental sustainability and design-led impact solutions.

About Nikken Sekkei

Nikken Sekkei is a collective of architects, designers, and experts across multiple disciplines. With 120 years of experience in creating timeless elegance and enduring value, the company proposes context-customised solutions and visionary designs to contribute to a better urban environment supporting the well-being of people. Nikken Sekkei currently employs over 3,000 professional staff globally and has 14 offices in strategic locations outside Japan. The company's portfolio covers a broad range of services, including masterplans, mixed-use developments, offices, commercial facilities, residential complexes, hotels, transportation (airports and railway stations), education, culture, R&D, manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, and welfare facilities.

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