Bawadi, Dubai, UAE

Invited Competition, 2008

We were approached by Kuwait based fashion retailer and property developer Villa Moda to participate in an invited competiion to develop proposals for a major mixed-use project comprising 6-star hotel, retail and cultural amenities for a planned new city district, Bawadi, currently located on the periphery of Dubai.


The proposals grow from research into Islamic architecture and revolve around a series of interlinked shaded courtyards, linked by narrow retail alleyways (souks). This arrangement effectively focuses attention inwards, to spatial qualities, rather than outwards to external expression.