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Population: 2.8 Million3 million in 2025
GDP: 102 1.9 % in 2018
BigMac: 3.81 us dollars
Dubai | United Arab Emirates
CANOPY RINGS is a proposal for a large waterfront pedestrian promenade in Dubai’s Creek, with the aim of merging together the lifestyle by the beach and the lifestyle in the forest, beautifying the public promenade while making it suitable for outdoor lifestyle under the harsh weather conditions in the Emirates.
For that task, we proposed a promenade full of lush nature combined with a system of colorful canopies in different sizes and heights, as a mixed strategy to provide a significant amount of shadows and fresh areas over the large paved promenade.
Besides the shadowing strategy, our common ambition with the client was to achieve the creation of a new hotspot in Dubai, a referent landmark along the creek.
Therefore, the colorful canopies were an unusual response to create a recognizable and vibrant public space that would call the attention of passersby and boat riders.
The combination of natural landscape and the artificial system of canopies generates a colorful forest on the bank of the creek, providing entertaining functions and activities for kids and adults alike along the pedestrian promenade.
As featured space within the proposal, a very funky football field was designed floating on the creek, following with the circular approach of the canopies.
A multifunctional space not only for playing football, but also for hosting events, to be used as playground or even as gathering point.
The canopies are a simple yet effective system of circular rings interconnected to each other, creating an eye-catching solution in which bigger canopies host those functions beneath them while smaller canopies host the lighting features enhancing the proposal at night time, using neon colorful LED lights within other circular bars.
Project Name: Canopy Rings
Design: 100architects (Shanghai)
Design Team: Marcial Jesús, Javier González, Lara Broglio, Mónica Páez, Keith Gong, Cosima Jiang.
Client: Emaar Properties
Area: 6,000 m2
Completion: August 2019
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Canopy Rings is a proposal for a large waterfront pedestrian promenade in Dubai’s Creek, merging together the lifestyle by the beach and the lifestyle in the forest, beautifying the public promenade while making it suitable for outdoor lifestyle.
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It is an inhabitable architectural object inserted on top of an existing urban environment, but alienated from its surroundings.
This architectural object intervenes in the space by touching the ground and acting as an accessible and multifunctional platform, allowing people to stand on top of it and interact directly.
The main objective of this conceptual prototype is to trigger a massive public interest to the place, encouraging the rise of high public affluence, becoming a remarkable virtual landmark that attracts customers and cultivates important human dynamics and commercial activity.