Raha Beach Development
Location: Abu Dhabi, VAE
Area Gross: 60.000 m²
Building Costs: k.A.
Assignment: Competition 2015
The Two Tower project is located at the most prominent point on the Al Raha Bay beachside and marina, close to the disc shaped Aldar headquarters. Oriented in 3 main directions, the 18 and 16 level residential towers and duplex villas provide over 250 residential units with openable loggias that can be acclimatized – winter sky gardens – that extend each apartment and benefit from views on all sides towards Abu Dhabi, Yas Island and Al Raha.
A central internal courtyard provides a shaded, planted external amenity for Tower Residents and Visitors and orientation and amenity to Podium Lower Level and clear circulation to both towers from a single ground level address.
The two tower and podium strategy divides the construction project in order to speed up the construction programme. The Tower form is split and shifted in the middle to accentuate the vertical form creating a stepped skyline whilst their individual heights avoids a bulky massing and a focal point from afar.
The building mass is organized into simple, orthogonal forms, dynamically arranged to create an ensemble that is modern, compact and neutral. The clear and simple orthogonal design solution is a response to the simple structural and MEP strategy demanded. All residential unit mixes - including studios and 1-2-3 Bedroom units - are arranged around a compact core.