LWK+ Partners named architect of RTA's Skypods, Sky Garden in Dubai

Hong Kong practice has reportedly worked on six RTA projects launched by the Ruler of Dubai in April 2019

RTA is developing Dubai's Skypods.
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RTA is developing Dubai's Skypods.

Hong Kong-based LWK + Partners' Mena studio, led by managing director Kerem Cengiz, has been revealed as the architecture practice behind six Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) projects – including Sky Garden, Skypods, and Sunset Promenade – that were launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, in April 2019. 

According to Construction Week's sister title Middle East Architect, Kourosh Salehi, LWK + Partners' regional design director, and his team worked in collaboration with RTA on the six projects, which include the Hanging Garden Bridge, or Sky Garden; Sheikh Zayed Road Promenade; Sunset Promenade; Deira Plaza; Skypods; and a pedestrian bridge in Umm Suqeim.

The report stated that LWK + Partners was focused on the improvement of pedestrian experiences and using advanced transport tecnology to improve place-making, in line with the RTA's requirements. 

Cengiz reportedly said: “The six commissioned projects established an imperative of addressing the need for urban transformation across the city of Dubai, making it more human-centric.

“The initiatives are aimed at enhancing the day-to-day happiness needs of the established communities in which they are located."

Saleh added: “Working on the project was challenging, with both a tight timeframe and a broader vision at its heart that needs to be activated appropriately for a nation that constantly strives to improve and set new benchmarks around liveability and relevance for its citizens and visitors alike.”

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