ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai

ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai

znera space’s futuristic metropolis encircles dubai

 

ZNera Space envisions the futuristic Downtown Circle to drastically redefine Dubai’s skyline with an elevated hyper-efficient urban center. The concept proposes a 550-meter-tall (1,800 feet) ringed vertical city that encircles the monumental Burj Khalifa, spanning a 3,000 meter (9,800 feet) circumference. Responding to the emirate’s urban fabric characterized by soaring, isolated high-rises, Downtown Circle introduces a singular mix-use, mega-structure that can simultaneously become a new urban and natural landmark of the UAE. Within, it houses all of the typologies that compose typical bustling urban metropolises — from residential, public and commercial spaces, to a diverse green Skygarden ‘lung’ that sweeps through the entire ring, boasting diverse climates and natural habitats. 

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
all images courtesy of ZNera Space

 

 

a suspended skypark is the ‘lung’ of downtown circle

 

ZNera Space’s conceptual Downtown Circle establishes a self-sufficient vertical urban center in the heart of Dubai. 550 meters tall and 3,000 meters wide, the continuous ring-like metropolis will hover above the city’s skyline supported by four vertical beams. With the aim of sustainability, the Dubai-based architecture studio redefines typical urban models with a more humane typology that seeks to emulate nature and create diverse public spaces. The mix-use complex pursues an efficient alternative to the traditional singular, unconnected high-rises in metropolitan areas, composed of two living rings held together by a continuous green suspended belt — the Skypark. The structure will consist of five levels, divided into smaller units to create a range of residential, public, commercial, and cultural programs.

 

A new contemporary symbol for the city and a green landmark, the Skypark is sandwiched between the two living rings. Forming the central spine of the Downtown Circle it offers clean, fresh air, abundant natural light, and panoramic views of the city. With a unique spatial hybrid and mixed urban typologies, it combines high densities with lavish greenery, and dynamic urban functions with high-quality user experience. It is embedded with offices, research centers, cultural spaces, and a 3D urban and green ecosystem that will function as the ‘lung’ of the ring. Within the green belt, ZNera Space infuses diverse climates and natural habitats, including canyons, sandy dunes, swamps, waterfalls, digital caves, and tropical vegetation.

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
an elevated heliport is located on the roof of the inner ring, providing transportation to all residents

 

 

futuristic train pods transport passengers at 100 km/h

 

With sustainability in mind, ZNera Space intends for Downtown Circle to become an integral part of the urban ecosystem. Their plan proposes sanctuaries for wild plants and food production, designated areas for rainwater harvesting and solar power stations, and systems for storing carbon and filtering pollutants from the air.

 

The architects also incorporate a futuristic rail transport system which will comprise a fleet of suspended pods travelling at a speed of 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour. Transporting passengers from one node to another along the outer perimeter of the ring’s lowest tier, the pods will capture a 360 view of the entire city below from the soaring height of 500 meters.

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
a sustainable, self-sufficient vertical metropolis in the heart of Dubai

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
ZNera Space’s concept is brought to life by Poland-based CGI studio, Pictown

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the Skypark forms the central spine of the structure, offering fresh air, natural light, and panoramic views of the city

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
diverse climates and natural habitats reside in Skypark, including sandy dunes, swamps, waterfalls and digital caves

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
Downtown Circle houses a range of urban typologies, including luxury apartments

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a futuristic rail transport system comprising a fleet of suspended pods travels along the outer perimeter of the ring

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
ZNera Space envisions the futuristic Downtown Circle to drastically redefine Dubai’s skyline

dubai architects envision floating metropolis ‘downtown circle’ around burj khalifa
550 meters tall + 3000 meters wide, Downtown Circle hovers above the skyline supported by five beams

 

 

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ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 
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ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 
ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 
ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 
ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 
ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 
ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 
ZNera space envisions ‘downtown circle’ metropolis suspended 550 meters above dubai
 

project info:

 

name: Downtown Circle

architects: ZNera Space | @znera.space

location: Dubai, UAE

CGI images: Pictown | @pictown.co

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