Dubai 2000s/unit/Jumeriah Beach Residence
Jumeriah Beach Residence
Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE. 2007
In October 2000, The Hilton Dubai Jumeirah was opened, inducing a series of development projects to start, including the Jumeriah Beach Residence. The Jumeirah Beach Residence started it s construction in 2000 and was completed in 2007. In the 2000s, it was the largest single-phase residential community, allowing accommodation of 15,000 people. The residence boasts a namely “The Walk” 1.7m ground street strip spanning the coast of the Jumeirah Beach. The community contains 40 towers, housing 6,917 apartments, from studios to penthouses, ranging from 20-floor high rise buildings to 54-floor skyscrapers.
The architecture Jumeriah Beach Residence was influenced by the Mediterranean and the Arabic. The facades of the skyscrapers were similar to those of the traditional Dubai houses, sand coloured coral stones and gypsum. As the communal floors adopted pointed arches for their exterior openings and main thresholds, flat openings were used for the windows at the residential floors. Glancing upwards, cornices wraps the edge of the communal platforms as well as the roofs of the tower.
The residence was designed as a self-contained community, from restaurants, shops, medical amenities to sports facilities, all are situated within. The apartments welcome single individuals to nuclear families to move in. Some flats consists of a living, 2-4 bedrooms, 1-2 baths and a kitchen, where the studio flats would contain bedroom, kitchen and living all at one space. Instead of courtyards and majlis for gatherings within their residence, the family gather at the living room or section.
As time goes by, people were allowed and able to have more, the demand for privacy also increases. Families no longer live together as closely, shared spaces between few families, the courtyard shrinks to become a corridor solely for circulation. Instead of shared open kitchen, private units of kitchen were placed within the apartments. Scaling up, the shared open courtyard transformed into the various communal centres, of sports facilities, playgrounds that were shared within the whole tower of residents. The provision of studio flats also hinted a change in the society structure, family is no longer the smallest unit in society, but single individuals. Moreover, it also reflected the trend of people leaving home to work at the city centre, which could be seen in developing cities, where individuals strive for their work.
Other than the facade and architectural style that preserved the “Dubai-ness”, from spatial arrangement to the social context that was shown, Dubai was slowly losing their National Identity and merging with the international style.
To raise a question, was Dubai losing their national identity, or were they building up a new national identity of being a international trading centre? Can being international be a national identity?
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