MVRDV has created a 76,000-square-meter tower precinct that will become the centerpiece of the new Makers District in Abu Dhabi. Called Pixel, the project was designed in tandem with local practice Dewan Architects + Engineers, and also includes Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).
The development will facilitate a range of uses in seven towers, wrapping around the BIG-designed central plaza. Retail space, offices, co-working and community areas will occupy 15,000 square meters of the lower levels, while 480 residential apartments will rise above.
MVRDV has redefined what it calls the "typical penthouse approach" by offering studio apartments on every level, and shifting the larger units across the third, fourth, and fifth floors, where they look onto the pedestrianized plaza below.
Architecturally, the development takes the form of a series of stacked cubes that move away from the central plaza and then extrude vertically. Ceramic and concrete façades respond to the climatic realities of Abu Dhabi, and the orientation of the towers has been optimized to consider natural sunlight and views.
The project marks MVRDV's entry into the United Arab Emirates. IMKAN Properties, the developer behind the project, is targeting a 2020 completion date.
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