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UAE architect chosen for $10m Pharmax R&D facility

New 8,360m2 facility at Dubiotech designed by Tarek Qaddumi

NEWS, Design

Tarek Qaddumi, an emerging UAE-based architect, has been awarded the design and project management of a $10.9m (AED: 40m) research and production facility in the Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (Dubiotech).

The 8,360m2 project is expected to be completed over the next two years and will become the regional headquarters for Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Ittihad Drug Store (IDS).

Ahmad Tabari, CEO of Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, commented: “Tarek’s design combines a comprehensive sense of urban, functional, aesthetic and sustainable architecture and it appealed to us because of its simplicity and iconic nature.

“It solved key functional concerns in a rational and elegant way, while creating something beautiful. He took a simple rectangular box which houses the process equipment and transformed it into something light, airy and visually interesting.”

Qaddumi added: “We’ve enjoyed working on this project because it combines many of the elements that we seek to address in our work. Functionally, the building is designed to meet the highest levels of international standards.

“A seamless flow of people and goods, combined with very sophisticated building materials are aimed to achieve local approvals and USFDA certification. Environmentally, the architecture responds to the desert plane by juxtaposing it with a north facing, translucent glass prism which hovers above and in contrast with the sand surface below.”

He continued: “The building aims to break from the traditional black box of pharmaceutical plants. In the case of Pharmax, silhouettes of people and goods along the glass wall, back lit with 400 lux of production level lighting set the scene for the life, activity and energy on the inside.”

Qaddumi’s work includes the Al Manara Building on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, home to the flagship store Jones the Grocer, and Park Corner, a modern residential building in Jumeirah Village, Dubai.

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