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The Symbiotic Towers Project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by AmorphouStudio

Inspired by the formation of eroded rocks pattern found in natural systems and the desert oasis, AmorphouStudio mixed-use proposal seeks to integrate contextual environmental data and natural landscape of Dubai into a synthesis of forms, skins, and public spaces.

Project description by architect:

The development consists of a residential, a hotel, and an office tower, connected on the ground level by a double-deck pedestrian shopping plaza. The connecting plaza creates two micro-climatic zones that can be used throughout the different seasons. The first zone, the lower deck, is a lavish green semi-shaded oasis level that is packed with trees and water to provide gathering zones for people during the hot summer season. It is located on the natural landscape level to be accessible to pedestrians from all sides. The second zone is a stretched perforated deck that gently ramps up from both ends of the site to form an elevated upper plaza that is simultaneously connected with the lower level oasis via many ramps. This plaza is partially shaded by trees extending through the openings. Also, photovoltaic umbrellas have been placed on tree-like structures in some of these openings. They collect the sun energy and convert it into power to feed the cross-ventilation system of the oasis level. This treatment, along with the shading provided by the upper deck level and the dense plantation, create a micro-climatic habitable environment that can be used during the hottest seasons in Dubai.

parametric skyscraper in dubai Visualization © Laila Najib 

Towers’ geometry and skins were developed in response to Dubai climatic conditions. Radiation data of the hottest season in Dubai (May-October) were mapped into the geometry and used to shape the form and orientation of each tower. Towers geometry taper and twist to reduce the surface area that is exposed to high radiation. These data were also re-mapped to generate parametric gradient balconies depth and skin openings. The apartments that are exposed to high radiation will have deeper balconies and smaller skin openings; while the apartments that are exposed to less radiation will have narrower balconies and larger skin openings. Internally, the lobby space of these towers soars up; creating a transparent atrium void that unites the floors while allowing pattern of sunlight inside. This treatment creates a dramatic effect as it blends the shadow of the pattern of the external skin with the interior pattern of the lobby and the rooms inside.

a residential tower in Dubai with green balconies Visualization © Laila Najib 

The proposal conceptual approach in mapping contextual environmental data to inform forms and skin generation was a key aspect of this development. Additionally, the double-deck plaza that connects the towers on the lower level creates a passively ventilated micro-climatic environment that is active throughout the year. This design sustainable treatment reduces the reliance on the prevailing air-conditioning system and creates a symbiosis between the architecture and the natural environment of Dubai.

The Symbiotic Towers Project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by AmorphouStudioVisualization © Laila Najib 

parametric architecture design Visualization © Laila Najib 

futuristic design for towers in Dubai Visualization © Laila Najib 

The Symbiotic Towers Project in Dubai, United Arab Emirates by AmorphouStudioVisualization © Laila Najib 

rendering images of towers in Dubai Visualization © Laila Najib 

parametric architecture design Visualization © Laila Najib 

Plaza concept exploration Plaza concept exploration 

Plaza pattern adaptation Plaza pattern adaptation 

Pedestrian access and circulation Pedestrian access and circulation 

Plaza Cross ventilation system Plaza Cross ventilation system 

Solar analysis and skin adaptation Solar analysis and skin adaptation 

Cross section Cross section 

Architecture firm: AmorphouStudio

Location: Jumeirah Gardens, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

Built area: 512,300 m²

Tools used: Rhino, Grasshopper, Autodesk 3ds MaxV-Ray

Project name: The Symbiotic Towers

Principal architect: Zayad Motlib

Design team: Zayad Motlib, Marta Krivosheek, Marina Nassif, Laila Najib, Raghad Al-Ali

Design year: 2017 - 2018

Site area: 137,800 m²

Visualization: Laila Najib

Status: Concept Design- On Hold


By Naser N. Ibrahim

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