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Saturday, 3 December 2011

Oppenheim architecture + design: marina + beach towers

'marina + beach towers' by oppenheim architecture + design, dubai, UAE
all images © oppenheim architecture + design

along the sea in dubai, UAE, the 'marina + beach towers' are a mixed use development by miami-based 
firm oppenheim architecture + design. a pair of fluid forms emerge from the sandy coastline and gently arc 
towards the sky. the protected space between the structures is reserved for a lush garden oasis which is illuminated 
with ambient light and cooled with natural breezes. visitors may stroll through the natural topography along 
the promenade which becomes a bazaar revealing retail and dining locations. pedestrian bridges within the vertical
chasm connect the interior spaces of the buildings.

the facades are comprised of residential unit modules which are successively stepped to have beach views 
and protect the interior from strong sunlight of the harsh desert climate. the exterior's shape attempts to become an 
inherent wind catcher, a passive device used within the region to generate ventilation. solar and wind arrays
will generate energy to lead to self sustenance. the need for water will be addressed with systems to reuse the
water within the site and introduce up-cycling techniques for resource conservation.

facade emerges from the sandy coastline

swimming terrace overlooking the sea


curving facade catches light from the setting sun

at night

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