oppenheim architecture + design: marina + beach towers, dubai
oppenheim architecture + design: marina + beach towers, dubai oppenheim architecture + design: marina + beach towers, dubai
nov 30, 2011

oppenheim architecture + design: marina + beach towers, dubai

oppenheim architecture + design: marina + beach towers, dubai 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.




swimming terrace overlooking the sea




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.



worm’s-eye view


curving facade catches light from the setting sun


at night

  • this is incredible
    what programmes were used in order to create the images?

    sa says:
  • @sa
    Correct me if I am wrong but I believe the technique is a combination of renders, matte painting and use of Photoshop filters. It’s a very common method to create backgrounds in the movie industry.

    airborn says:

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