The development is designed as a mixed-use district
that serves as headquarters to the d3 community,
envisioned as the hub for emerging local creative
talent in the UAE. The architecture is defined by the
use of repurposed shipping containers designed to
preserve its raw, industrial form. As a development in
the Middle-East, local influences were adapted in the
form of container wind towers, which promote natural
ventilation within the site. Integrating traditional Arabic
neighborhood planning in the design, 75 containers
were stacked and configured to define outdoor
“pockets” that serve as a courtyard for each building.
These outdoor courtyards are welcomed to the interior
of the building by means of full-height windows
punctured on the shipping containers which frames the
outdoor landscape and the view of the Dubai skyline.