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Woods Bagot is acting as the Architectural and Interior Design consultant working with WSP as the Architect of Record and Engineering Consultant– while Besix Group is the main contractor. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture are the Design Architects and authors of the design, having completed the concept and schematic design for the tower.
Woods Bagot is delighted to be a part of the team delivering the Uptown Tower in Uptown Dubai – an exemplar mixed use vertical city and landmark – working closely with Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).
In addition to this appointment, Woods Bagot has been selected by DMCC for the design and delivery of ‘The Atrium’, a lifestyle F&B hub that will act as an important link, connecting the tower and the Uptown district main plaza. Woods Bagot has designed both the architecture and interiors.
The Atrium consists of two F&B wings – a roof terrace with spectacular views of the skyline and uptown tower – and DMCC’s own ‘Experience Centre’.
Connecting the tower with the plaza was fundamental to the brief for this building. Woods Bagot worked together with DMCC on a design solution that didn’t feel like an ‘add-on’, but instead a continuation of the tower uniting it with the public ground plane plaza, on the building envelope, drawing in people from both locations.
The atrium design story is inspired by the idea of traveling through a gem, which is symbolized by this prominent central lift structure. The lift is comprised of stone on the exterior with a geometric faceted structure that features iridescent diamond-like panels in the front. The dichroic panels are a unique feature of the atrium design, as their constantly shifting shades interact with the rest of the interior space and create a mesmerizing dance of light.
The design considers the impact of light and how lighting conditions change throughout the day, creating a dynamic and constantly evolving environment. The panels are therefore influenced by the structure of geodes, moving up the space provides a multi-sensory journey that offers spectacular views from the elevators.
Overall, the atrium design offers a captivating and immersive experience that celebrates the beauty and wonder of natural forms and light. This concept is also a nod to the kaleidoscope idea, which was a significant source of inspiration for the overall hotel story.
Due for completion towards the end of this year, this project is currently under construction, with the structure now complete and facade works having commenced on site.