Revealed: The plans for Dubai Design District Phase II
Designed by Foster + Partners
Following the success of Dubai Design District's launch event last month, 'Meet D3,' plans for the district's phase two developments have been unveiled by commissioned architects Foster + Partners.
Norman Foster's firm has designed a cunningly adaptable concept of customisable units to house the targeted up and coming startups to the area. Phase one was centred around attracting established brands, and 220 companies are already signed up including recognisable luxury labels such as La Perla and Hugo Boss. However phase two is angled at new creative start-ups from the worlds of design, architecture, fashion and food. Drawing inspiration from the cultural neighbourhoods of New York's Meatpacking district and London's Shoreditch, the new space is set to be every inch as expressive and some.
"This is an exciting initiative, which supports young creatives, and allows Dubai's design scene to flourish from within," explained Gerard Evenden, studio head at Foster + Partners.
The new plans reveal a mix of flexible contemporary offices and communal working facilities configured around open market space and walkways, where food stalls can pop-up and performances and installations can take place. There is a clear focus on not only building the offices and the space, but building a cultural creative community around it.
Take a look at the guided video for a tour of the designs below...