Chapman Taylor’s future-orientated design for Al Reem Residential Community in Abu Dhabi

Chapman Taylor has created a masterplan concept for a large, multi-tower residential and hospitality scheme on Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi.

The ambitious urban design creates a new city district which combines respect for the region’s history and heritage with a bold embrace of the future within a landscape of rivers, mangroves, beaches and desert. The new community will be fully integrated within the natural environment, with beautiful views and extensive green landscaping.

The design for the site integrates three parcels of land, which are currently separated by roads, via an elevated parkscape and living bridges, providing the sense of being one community with a shared identity.

The concept seeks to actively connect the new city district via a series of landscaped podiums that serve as both an asset for the residences and as a visual signature for the masterplan. A mix of leisure, dining, retail and cultural facilities and experiences are interspersed throughout, helping to foster a vibrant environment and social and economic sustainability.

The eight towers which will stand on the sites feature expressive, futuristic façades, the designs for which are inspired by the mangroves which make the island famous, each appearing to “grow out of” the elevated landscaped podiums. The curves of the organically flowing architecture draw to mind the flowing riverscapes around the mangroves and the undulating dunes of the desert.

The towers step in height, with the highest being over 200 metres tall, with a combined GFA of 258,000m2. The residences are provided in a mix of one, two and three-bed and penthouse formats. One tower includes a luxury, 600-key hotel for tourists and business travellers.

The masterplan envisages the fully integrated urban community as an engine for the future growth of the residential masterplan and the wider Central Reem Island urban district.

Olly Barnard (BArch)

Associate Director, Abu Dhabi

Olly joined Chapman Taylor’s Bangkok studio in 2012. During his time in South East Asia, he worked on a variety of award-winning projects in the region, including IKEA Bang Yai and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, both in Bangkok, as well as Mui Dinh Eco Park in Vietnam – winner of the prestigious MIPIM “Best Futura Mega Project” Award in 2018.

He joined our Dubai studio in 2018 to strengthen our presence in the region with his experience of designing in many different countries and cultures. He has worked on many key projects in the region, including a major mixed-use project in Madinah, Airport City in Jeddah and many important government-funded projects in Saudi Arabia.

Olly has extensive experience in architectural design across various sectors, including masterplanning, mixed-use, retail, residential, hospitality and leisure. Olly’s approach to projects is to create and develop a design concept that has a strong identity, informed by the place, the culture and other aspects of the development’s context.

Areas of expertise:

Masterplanning / Mixed-use / Retail / Hospitality / Residential / Concept Design

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