Hai d3 Shipping Container Development, Dubai, UAE

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ProjectHai d3
Architectsibda design
Area1877 m²
LocationDubai, UAE
Design TeamYuka Takeuchi, Sho Ikeya, Takeshi Harikai, Takuma Fujisaki, Makoto Udagawa, Lloyd Fontilla
Architect in ChargeWael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto
Urban DesignCultural Engineering (Rashid bin Shabib)
Swing DesignCase Design
ContractorAMBB Interiors

Hai d3 is a concept created as an incubation space for the development of emerging local creative talents from the center of Dubai's 'Design District'. It was supposed to be a temporary facility with a five-year program of use, and with a construction time of eight months. The shipping container development is intended to host a variety of events, exhibitions, collaborative works, and displays to foster growth in the different fields of art and design in the Middle East.

It was designed as a neighborhood, showing that the master plan of the entire Design District Dubai was intended to encourage a community of artists in the region. Inspired by the efficiency of the traditional planning of the Arab quarter, the general lines of the shipping container development project were arranged to accommodate open spaces, which are further worked through landscaped "pockets" that serve as patios for each of the complex's buildings. These patios not only complement the industrial nature of the architecture, but also promote the activity, and consequently, the vitality of the entire site.

These buildings are formed with the use of recycled containers of 12 meters long, all transformation is done by hand with careful consideration to preserve its raw, industrial form. The application of these shipping containers allows for rapid construction and dismantling that opens up possibilities for re-fabricating the architecture if deemed necessary. Six different stacking designs were carried out, compounded to respond directly to the program. Art galleries, a workshop, a library, retail spaces, as well as a cafeteria and prayer rooms were introduced into the shipping container development, which were arranged based on the use of the facility. Annex buildings were also introduced, adding 6-meter containers for services, toilets and storage, as well as an access piece. An element that not only welcomes the people of the neighborhood, but also serves as a multifunctional space that artists can arrange for film screenings, meetings or outdoor workshops.

Sustainability was key in this shipping container development project, taking into account the region's ecological construction initiatives. Passive cooling, through shipping containers implemented as "wind towers" distributed throughout the site. These wind towers promote natural ventilation by capturing strong currents of winds that channel into the patios. Additionally, passive lighting is employed in buildings with the use of full height windows and high side lights, as the abundance of sunlight is intrinsic to Dubai. The openings also frame both the landscape of the place and the built horizon of the city.

This shipping container development project, with the use of clean and simple shapes, and simple but welcoming views, offers its users a platform of flexibility, in which they can embrace the dynamism of their work, and in turn, use it as a way to boost the creative industry from the Middle East.

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About Dubai Design District (d3)

Dubai Design District (d3) has been developed through careful consultation with the design community to provide a creative ecosystem that surpasses the expectations of a typical creative neighbourhood. d3 forges the inspiring, authentic, and relevant ideas shaping Dubai’s future as a leading destination of design, art, and culture. It has its own beating heart, its own spirit and its own very personal style.

d3 is home to the region’s growing community of creative thinkers. It is being built as part of the Dubai Plan 2021 using the Smart City principles which offer digital connectivity to create an innovation-led economy.

d3 aims to engage, inspire and enable emerging talent, and educate the next generation about the power and importance of all forms of design. It also provides a platform to showcase Middle Eastern creative talent to a larger, global audience.

This is a place where creatives can live, work and play. Where aspiring designers can cut their teeth and learn their trade; where local talent can work alongside international design, art and fashion houses. It is, at its heart, a place where creative minds can come together to realise their dreams.

AddressE11 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Phone+971 4 433 3000

About waiwai (formerly known as ibda design)

waiwai is an international architecture, landscape, and urban design office based in Dubai and Tokyo (formerly known as ibda design).

The office is led by three partners, Wael Al Awar (Lebanon), Kenichi Teramoto (Japan), and Kazuma Yamao (Japan). Originally, the three worked together in Tokyo; in 2018, the three partners re-joined one another to combine their two offices into waiwai.
Dubai and Tokyo were specifically selected as office locations due to their cultural vibrance, with both offering a stimulating environment for arts, architecture, and historical tradition. Further, the two hub cities allow the team to cover a broader area within Asia and the Middle East, diversifying both their projects and experiences.

With the multicultural diversity of their base cities, principal architects, and international team, waiwai's array of cultural backgrounds communicate with one another through the process of architecture itself, using a clear, simple, and deliberate approach. The projects combine their individual design sensibilities into a layering of considerations, resulting in an architecture of natural light, time, structure, and landscape. By aligning with these natural "phenomena", waiwai seeks an architecture that is more than a man-made fabrication, but rather, an architecture open to adaptation and appropriation. The spaces that emerge from this approach encourage unexpected experiences, activities, and behaviours, while being resolved as site-specific provocations to their context.

Tokyo, Japan

AddressKotobuki 3-9-1 G.P Bldg. 2F, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0042, Japan
Phone+81 3 5809 3696
Fax+81 3 5809 3697

Dubai, UAE

AddressOffice 841, Al Ghurair Center, PO Box 6999, Dubai, UAE
Phone+971 4 298 5663

Hai d3 Shipping Container Development, Dubai, UAE