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