Close to the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is a sprawling district filled with the single-family homes typical to this region. Large plots, high walls (for privacy), oversized traffic patterns and hard-to-find roads are all characteristics of this area. We began by applying a clear and logical hierarchical structure to the public space, residential streets and large avenues. Within this structure, neighbourhood mosques, shops and local government offices are given natural position. Finally, the transformation of the anonymous housing into a patio-based typology with guesthouses for visitors —as is the custom— greater privacy for women and children space and a vastly improved interior climate. location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates design period: 2009 - 2011 implementation: 2011 - 2030 area: 1770 ha program: 6500 residential units, other program 500.000 m2 GFA designed by: Joint venture Juurlink [+] Geluk and Studio Sputnik (CULD) (Huub Juurlink, Cor Geluk, Jaakko van ‘t Spijker, Bert Karel Deuten, Henk Bultstra, Joost de Wit, Afer Pastor, Michiel van Driessche, Mieke van der Arend) in cooperation with: KEO International Consultants, Urbis, Dome International commissioned by: Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.

Shahama Abu Dhabi

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Close to the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi is a sprawling district filled with the single-family homes typical to this region. Large plots, high walls (for privacy), oversized traffic patterns and hard-to-find roads are all characteristics of this area. We began by applying a clear and logical hierarchical structure to the public space, residential streets and large avenues. Within this structure, neighbourhood mosques, shops and local government offices are given natural position. Finally, the transformation of the anonymous housing into a patio-based typology with guesthouses for visitors —as is the custom— greater privacy for women and children space and a vastly improved interior climate.



location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
design period: 2009 - 2011
implementation: 2011 - 2030
area: 1770 ha
program: 6500 residential units, other program 500.000 m2 GFA
designed by: Joint venture Juurlink [+] Geluk and Studio Sputnik (CULD) (Huub Juurlink, Cor Geluk, Jaakko van ‘t Spijker, Bert Karel Deuten, Henk Bultstra, Joost de Wit, Afer Pastor, Michiel van Driessche, Mieke van der Arend)
in cooperation with: KEO International Consultants, Urbis, Dome International
commissioned by: Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council.