Firm: Eric R Kuhne & Associates, London
Client: Al Guhrair Group
Team: KPF London, Speirs & Major, RFR, Buro Happold
Status: Completed 2002
Bur Juman Gardens is a mixed use development in the heart of Dubai’s downtown with an 800,000 SF podium of retail and restaurants over 3 floors with 4 levels of below grade parking. This robust retail development forms the podium for KPF designed office and residential towers.
In a society where genders often socialize separately, family is sacred and one finds tremendous diversity on par with the great cities of the world the new spaces we were creating had to address this unique cultural condition.
In order to understand this collision of culture our process involved a great deal of research particularly in the areas of history, science, pattern making, art & craftsmanship of the Arab Peninsula. The intention was to create a building that would be of its place and embody components of this rich culture that has been here centuries.
Bur Juman Gardens was conceptualized and is experienced as a series of civic rooms that embody several basic universal components. Color, texture, patterning, variable day lighting and the four elements are expressed differently in each room scaled to provide a place for the civic life of the community to play out.