Dubai's Cluster Complex wins at Euro property show
Denton Corker Marshall win for Business Bay tower
A design for a 75-storey office and hotel tower in Dubai’s Business Bay has won an award at a European property show.
The Cluster Complex, designed by Denton Corker Marshall, is a mixed-use development made up of four stacks of individual office buildings clustered vertically up a dramatic 225m atrium.
Four sky lobbies divide the clusters into typical 11-level modules, with the larger clusters broken down to smaller 5- and 6-level blocks, creating two cluster sizes of 10,000m2 and 5,000m2. The shafts connect to form two offices per floor plate, with a typical range of 1,800-2,200m2.
“The striking and variegated forms would be in marked contrast to the general run of Dubai’s buildings. The complex as a whole embraces the idea of a mixed use neighbourhood into which this tall building seamlessly plugs,” said the judges, chaired by Architectural Review editorial director Paul Finch.
By embracing wider urban concerns and social aspirations, the approach brings genuine benefit to individual project design, explained Denton Corker Marshall design director Peter Williams.
“Dubai’s creative professionals characteristically blur their social and working lives. The Cluster Complex is designed to provide a home and satisfy living and working needs at any time of the day or night – an environment as complex and diverse as any city,” Williams said.
The vitality of Middle Eastern culture is captured in the rich programME of spaces and buildings. Like a bazaar, intense narrow streets of activity are interspersed with courtyards and glimpses of lush green zones. The effect is very different from the over-conditioned and over-lit enclosed experience of a typical mall.
“The scheme encourages intense interaction and provides places of respite, both visual and physical,” Williams said.
The firm will receive the international award at the MIPIM property market in March 2011. The award recognises unbuilt or future projects in the tall buildings sector.