Name: Marina Center
Area: 125,000 sq.ft.
Scope: Architecture & Interior Design
Locus: Dubai . UAE
Located in the heart of the Marina, Dubai, adjacent to the Yacht Club and Barasti Beach Club, this prime new retail F&B center is overlooked by residential towers to the south with the Marina to the north. A strong circulation axis is created through the site linking the supermarket, shops and restaurants to the Marina. A prominent roof canopy unifies the building and contains the pure retail volumes below, screened from the sun with an extensive louver screen.
Pure massive volumes project in all directions to announce the functions within, all positioned around a central sky lit atrium. Daylight filters down from the large central skylights and a grove of olive trees inside the retail street creates a bright, natural internal environment that has close connections to the exterior. Vertical circulation links to the upper level expansive terraces, set beneath pergolas, with impressive views over the Yacht Club and Marina. The facility is served by an underground parking level, which has been designed to ensure ease of access, and a pleasant environment with natural light filtering down gabion terraces.