ShubinDonaldson was commissioned to design a compound of modern architectural estates in Dubai, UAE. The estates take shape as a combination of simple forms with a clarity of layout and feature environmentally conscious and resource-sensitive materials and systems.
The largest villa is 50,000 SF on a 4-acre site. The extensive seaside site features a formal entry drive court, tennis court and pavilion, heliport, large reflecting pool, beach pavilion, and dock. A separate service court has been provided for service and delivery. The site has been scaled to provide ample space around the home for landscaping.
The medium-sized villa is 21,500 SF on a 3-acre site and offers a grand entry with two guest suites and amenity spaces. The main home hosts generous expanses of glass shaded by large overhangs and operable screens culminating in a wrapping infinity pool that meets a private beach. A large solar collection array is planned for the roof areas, as well as a geothermal loop to aid in cooling adapting the villas to the extreme climate. Views toward the sea are seen from both the public and private spaces of the house and guest suites, with gardens, and palm groves surround and protect the perimeter.
Components of the design branch from the central axis create the opportunity for secondary and more private courtyards/internal patio spaces. A larger diversity of views is also maximized, creating the possibility for both outward and inward perspectives. Water features located throughout the home, conceptually link the plan layout and offer visual tranquility throughout the home.