Designest, conceived by architect Ahmad Alkattan, seeked to become an iconic addition to D3, offering more than typical street furniture or shading.
Designest was a fusion of minimalistic design and advanced construction techniques, poised to redefine the district's identity. Designers craved spaces where they could gather, exchange ideas, and foster micro-communities. Designest provided such a place, offering shade, seating areas, and shelter for both humans and non-human inhabitants. It struck a balance between privacy and openness, spaciousness and coziness, embodying both iconic and inclusive qualities.
Inspired by the historical significance of pigeon towers in the Arabian Peninsula, Designest paid homage to this cultural heritage. Pigeon towers had multifaceted roles, including providing food, showcasing wealth, enabling communication through pigeons, and contributing to architectural heritage.
Designest represented the ultimate contrast in Dubai Design District, blending a traditional identity with cutting-edge construction technology. These unique structures were 3D-printed using recycled reinforced GRC (Glass Reinforced Concrete). Even their pigeon nests were crafted from reused toilet and kitchen paper rolls, with the collected fertilizers benefiting district plants. Designest wasn't just neutral; it boasted a positive environmental footprint, adding productivity to its list of attributes.
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