A constant criticism to the exponential growth of dubai has been that it lacks substantial development that address the human scale - everything is too big, out of scale and indoors! however, the last few years we've seen multiple projects that try to tackle this issue (like citywalk, box park, the beach jbr to name a few) with varying degrees of success. the latest project to follow this trend - marsa al seef - recently opened on a prominent site on the bur dubai side of the historic dubai creek.
this new development has two distinct styles - while the portion closer to the heritage district of bastakiya follows a vocabulary strongly influenced by the vernacular architecture of the region the other section, further east and closer to the embassies quarter, is distinctly contemporary in its language. the image above shows this section of the development that is categorised as ‘present’ by the property developer.
this phase of the development was designed by hong kong based global design practise 10 design. their scheme breaks down the retail and f&b amenities into a series of standalone pavilions fronting along the shores of the creek. these pavilions fully open out onto the promenade, blurring the distinction between internal and external spaces, providing an exciting, active, and bustling streetscape that large portions of the city have unfortunately lacked!