Waterfront City

Waterfront City in Dubai is a masterplan of enormous scale and ambition, aiming to generate a critical mass of density and diversity in a city that has seen explosive growth in recent years but little cultivation of the street-level urban activity that most metropolises thrive on. The development consists of an artificial Island linked to four distinct neighbourhoods - Madinat Al Soor, the Boulevard, the Marina, and the Resorts - which together are twice the size of Hong Kong Island and yield a total floor space of 11.8 million m2 across various building types and programs. The masterplan takes an optimistic view of the future of urbanism and exploits two usually opposing elements of 21st century architecture: the generic and the iconic.