Commercial Center with a two-floor arcaded base including residences and offices.

Project data

  • Status
  • Year
  • Tipology
    Commercial center
  • Location
    Dubai, UAE
  • Client
    Al-Rostamani Group of Companies, EAU
  • Budget
    55 million € (adjusted to 2013)
  • Total Area/Surface/Volume
    28.200 sq m + 7.700 sqm parking


The theme of the competition is to create a large-scale residential complex in a part of the city that faces out onto the waterfront of the creek, an area with many tall buildings. The building’s basament, that defines the block and sets its shape, contains the commercial spaces while the higher floors host the residences whose terraces slope downwards, and a prism shaped structure that contains offices.

The connection between the residences and the offices consists of a circular atrium also has an eave with a swimming pool.

The structure pushes outwards and is “animated” by evoking shapes from the animal world.
It is the “expressionist” and theatrical component that often occurs in different forms throughout Mario Bellini’s work.

(Ermanno Ranzani)


Design Team
Mario Bellini, Loretto Buti

N. Artuso, E. Brandinelli, M. De Ferrari, F. De Vita, C. Malnati

Italconsult s.r.l.