Dubai Design District (D3)
Dubai Design District Overview
The Dubai Design District (d3) is a new mixed-use development to the east of Business Bay which caters for the region’s growing community of artists, designers and creatives.
It embodies the government's vision to transform Dubai into an innovation-led economy and aims to both encourage local talent and provide a platform to showcase it to a larger, global audience.
The project is being developed by the Tecom Group and consists of a variety of commercial, retail and hospitality elements.
Dubai Design District has office space and showrooms specially designed to meet the needs of designers. A new business community is flourishing with a mix of global brand headquarters rubbing shoulders with studios and workshops for local enterprises.
There are no residential properties yet.
Dubai Design District Amenities
Hotels and Restaurants
Boutique hotels will be located along the waterfront promenade and will be able to cater for tourists as well as meetings and events. A variety of bars and restaurants will provide places for people to meet and socialise.
A retail environment will consist of pop-up shops, jewellery stores and galleries for artisans to sell their work to the public.
D3 Convention Centre
A convention centre will provide space for conferences, events, fashion shows and exhibitions, and act as a focal point in the community for showcasing community talent.
The development of the district is happening in three phases. The first consists of eleven core buildings providing 1.2m sq ft of offices, studios, ateliers and showrooms, and over 200,000 sq ft of retail space. Phase 1 was completed in 2015
Phase 2 will sit alongside the newly developed core buildings and act as a thriving cultural epicentre at d3, inspiring emerging designers and artists, and attracting visitors to the area.
The design, by Foster + Partners, includes flexible offices, co-working communal facilities, outdoor display venues and pedestrianised spaces. It will offer space for designers to execute light works, as well as a gallery and retail space. Construction started in October 2016 and is expected to be completed by 2019. In June 2017 Foster + Partners opened a new office in the Dubai Design District to serve as a base for projects in the Emirate.
Phase 2 will add another 6,000 people to the community.
The third phase of the development will include a Creek-side esplanade with international and boutique hotels, a pop-up shop area, amphitheatre and a convention centre. Phase 3 is due for completion in 2021.
10,000 people are expected to be working in d3 by the end of 2016. By October of that year 160 companies were operating here, 40 per cent of them being local firms and 60 per cent international.
A Coca-Cola innovation lab and an IBM design studio are just two of the high-profile global companies that are partnering with the design district.
Woods Bagot’s urban design team worked closely with the client on the masterplan right from the project’s initial stages, and were allowed relative creative freedom to propose a plan that highlights the purpose and global image of the development.
The masterplan includes a design institute, art and design museum, convention centre, design studios and a two kilometre waterfront promenade. The buildings and the public spaces were designed at the same time so that the scheme benefits from a continuous design language.
The spatial morphology of the artificial landscape formation, combined with a bold circular axis, produces a clear, legible pattern defined by a ‘draped fabric’ concept which forms a cutting plane for the rooftops. The masterplan capitalised on the creek-side location, utilising a wetland landscape typology to tie the artificial topography in place.
Dubai Design District Communities
We currently maintain records for 2 sub-communities in Dubai Design District.
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