nabito architects bring sport and culture to dubai's dunes nabito architects bring sport and culture to dubai's dunes
jul 06, 2013

nabito architects bring sport and culture to dubai's dunes

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international firm nabito architects has elevated the ‘dunes’ to create a ‘living landscape’ where sport and culture thrive in dubai. this center incorporates a tennis academy and several full-size stadia for basketball, soccer, swimming, and volleyball. at the heart of the desert, a respite from the sun and heat is essential. by raising these facilities off the ground, a large shaded plaza becomes a place for the mizhar community to shop and relax. with a cricket pitch at one end, and an aquarium, an aviary, and a tropical garden penetrating through the building, the supporting commercial, exhibition and cultural programs are disbursed amongst the four floors above the athletics level. at the roof, a cactus garden re-establishes the desert context, and creates another zone for recreation. populated with sporting facilities, retail stores, eateries, and education space, this complex is a hub of activity in dubai.



a desert oasis of sport, commerce and culture comes to the mizhar area of dubai



the open first floor provides shaded plazas for recreation, a welcome respite from the desert heat and sun



cultural and educational areas include a tropical garden, aquarium, and aviary



with an emphasis on sport, an entire floor is populated with stadia



retail stores, cafes and bars augment the center, creating a recreational hub



the elevated landscape emulates the undulating contours of its native desert context





project info:


architect: nabito
project name: dunes-a living landscape
location: dubai, uae
assigned typology: private: sport center
project phase: concept design; on going
collaborators: tiffany cappellino, agita putnina,tomáš jedličk, elisabetta boldrini, matteo giammartini, lisa bova, miriam ribuffo, melania forgione, karīna šumilo, constantin cozma

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