The BurJuman Centre has played a central role in the life of Dubai since it opened in the early 1990s. The complex has been renewed and rejuvenated by its extension 240 metres along the Trade Centre Road onto an adjacent site. The expanded centre includes retail and entertainment space, an office tower, apartments, an apartment hotel, a health and recreation club and five levels of parking. All these components are connected to the retail, dining and entertainment facilities at a landscaped garden podium level.
A 130-metre office tower at the southern end of the site provides state of the art accommodation with opportunities for smaller multiple tenancies. Larger tenants can introduce private stairways to achieve greater interconnectivity of their office floors.
The new residential building with 200 luxury apartments, each with its own private terrace, is located on the site’s western edge.
The facades of the office and residential buildings respond to their specific orientations. The office building incorporates external perforated sunshades. South-facing panels are fixed in the horizontal position to shade against the midday sun, while panels on the east and west facades are fixed vertically to protect against the morning and late afternoon sun. The residential apartments also incorporate sun shading devices. On the east, a moveable sun shading system set 600mm from the enclosure protects the large glazed areas. The movement of the shading is controlled by a central system, but also incorporates a localized override control for each of the apartments.
The renovation of the existing complex creates a unified BurJuman Centre. A three storey arcade links the old and new retail areas. Light invades the space from high clerestorey windows. This internal street evokes a traditional Arab souk and, like a souk, serves as a communal gathering space in the heart of the city.
A project of
Kohn Pedersen Fox (International) PA
in which the following people at PLP Architecture were involved: Lee Polisano was partner-in-charge.