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The Dubai Mall Publication

  • N A R T A N O L I M & W I D A R I B A H R I N

    S A N D T O S P E C T A C L E

  • ABOVE: The fifth elevation as seen from the adjacent Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Mall is part of the larger Downtown Dubai master plan which comprises of hotel, office and retail developments surrounding a large man-made lake and fountain show.

  • The Dubai Mall Sand to Spectacle

    Published by

    2012

    www.dpa.com.sg

    AuthorsNartano LimWidari Bahrin

    Guest ContributorBrian Lonsway

    EditorsAngelene Chan, Editor-in-ChiefToh Bee PingCollin Anderson

    Publishing ConsultantThe Press RoomCreative Director: Kelley ChengDesigners: Elsie Chua, Feng Dexian, Celestine Tan

    PrintingDominie Press

    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,stored in any retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by anymeans, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission in writing from the publisher.-

    National Library Board, Singapore Cataloguing-in-Publication Data

    Lim, Nartano, 1978-The Dubai Mall : Sand to Spectacle / Nartano Lim & Widari Bahrin. Singapore : The Press Room, c2012. p. cm.ISBN : 978-981-07-0988-4

    1. Dubai Mall (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) 2. Shopping malls United Arab Emirates Dubai Design and construction. I. Widari Bahrin, 1984- II. Title.

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  • T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S

    F O R E W O R D Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties PJSC

    P R E F A C E Francis Lee, CEO, DP Architects Pte Ltd

    C O N D I T I O N S

    THE DUBAI MALL: A DiscussionQ&A with Francis Lee, Ti Lian Seng & Angelene Chan

    MATTER OF SIZE: VISITORS

    DUBAI + SINGAPORE: A Comparative Introduction

    MATTER OF SIZE: DUBAI VS SINGAPORE

    MATTER OF SIZE: MANPOWER

    F R O M C O N C E P T T O C O M P L E T I O N

    CONCEPT

    MATTER OF SIZE: GLOBETROTTING

    PLANNING

    DOCUMENTATION

    MATTER OF SIZE: TIME AND LENGTH

    REALISATION

    COMPLETION

    D E C O N S T R U C T I N G T H E D U B A I M A L L

    MALL: VERY LARGE. CENTER OF NOW. FAST.Professor Brian Lonsway

    MATTER OF SIZE: SHOPFRONTS

    ID:idWidari Bahrin

    MATTER OF SIZE: HISTORY OF MALL ATTRACTIONS

    MATTER OF SIZE: MARINE LIFE

    JUXTAPOSITIONS

    MATTER OF SIZE: AQUARIUM SPECIES

    AUTHENTICITY

    MATTER OF SIZE: VOLUMES

    GRAVITATIONAL PULL

    MATTER OF SIZE: PARKING, LIFTS, ESCALATORS

    L E A R N I N G F R O M T H E D U B A I M A L L

    THE NEXT CHAPTER: Lessons Learned

    MATTER OF SIZE: PROJECTS, OFFICES, STRENGTH

    PEOPLE: The Dubai Mall Team

    DPA WORKS

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  • F O R E W O R D

    Downtown Dubai is a crowning achievement for Emaar Properties. The developmenthas reinvented the urban composition of Dubais continually-evolving city; the complex contains the worlds tallest building, the worlds tallest performing fountain and the worlds largest mall each of these projects was accompanied by unprecedented infrastructural and design challenges.

    The large-scale development was initially envisioned as a new city centre to unite anemergent gap between the inland historic city and the business core of New Dubai.Downtown Dubai is the hospitality and retail-focused addition to a city that firstevolved to support port-based commerce, and more recently surged in growth to meetthe new demands of modern industry in the forms of banking, media and education. In this sense, Downtown Dubai serves as evidence of the city s economic transition.The scale of Downtown Dubai was exceptional, akin to designing an entire city centrefrom the ground up. It was to offer something for everybody. If the Burj Khalifa isthe visual centrepiece of Downtown Dubai, then The Dubai Mall would certainly beconsidered its functional heart. The malls programme attracts an average of 4.1 million visitors per month, rendering it Downtown Dubais civic focal point as well as an influential hub of activity for the whole of Dubai City.

    The Dubai Mall is not only the worlds largest mall, but it is also in-built with aprogrammatic spectrum that is arguably unmatched by any modern building. It offersnew experiences and spaces that positively upend long-standing traditions of retaildesign. The malls world-class amenities and tenants appeal to international tourists and expatriate residents alike. The architecture represents a sensitive melding of rooted contextual aesthetics and contemporary materials from around the world.Both the timeframe and the scale of The Dubai Mall project were immense challengesgiven the conditions of the site and the level of coordination required for progress.The final product is an uncompromised design that champions the characteristics offunctionality and allure we initially aspired for the mall to achieve. The Dubai Mallhas successfully transformed the city s desert midlands into one of the most-visiteddestinations in the UAE.

    MOHAMED ALI ALABBARChairman, Emaar Properties PJSC

    C H A I R M A N , E M A A R P R O P E R T I E S P J S C

    M O H A M E D A L I A L A B B A RChairman, Emaar Properties PJSC

    RIGHT: The exterior cladding of The Dubai Mall features precast concrete panels that reinterpret traditional mashrabiya timber latticework prevalent in Arabic design since the Middle Ages.

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  • The Dubai Mall has transformed the practice of DP Architects. The project has expanded the geographical reach of the firm, the scale at which it builds and the degree to which it collaborates with clients. Despite the projects significance, little information regarding its production has been disseminated. Works of architecture are often only appreciated as finished buildings which belie the efforts and processes that have culminated in their creation; the layered practices of design and construction are hidden away in design studios or behind temporary hoarding walls for few to experience. The purpose of this book is to reveal The Dubai Mall as a specific and significant moment in our architectural transformation to a firm that is operating at a global scale both in concept and execution.

    DP Architects has been in practice since 1967. While the growth of our office has continued exponentially since our inception, our main focus has been the production and implementation of our designs. We have taken little opportunity to share beyond the walls of our office the internal dialogue, thought process and design journey that each project generates. The book you now hold in your hands is our first step towards sharing these insights with those beyond the confines of the practice. The intention of this publication is two-fold: to showcase The Dubai Mall, which represents a momentous achievement for a Singapore-based practice on the international stage; and to participate in the larger global discourse that is occurring in schools, practices and, increasingly, in the public realm which recognises architecture as a discipline with immense social impact.

    Arranged in four parts, this book is written as a collection of ideas on a single subject. Part I deals with the conditions of the project that drove its design the requirements set forth by the clients brief, the sites history and the regions contemporary zeitgeist. Part II unveils the projects design and construction processes from conception to

    F R A N C I S L E ECEO, DP Architects PTE LTD

    C E O , D P A R C H I T E C T S P T E L T D

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  • completion. Part III examines The Dubai Mall through a theoretical lens by analysing the geographic and typological juxtapositions the project addresses and the roles of public and private spaces in architecture projects of this scale. The final part of the book discusses The Dubai Malls impact on the practice of DP Architects and gives thanks to those involved with the realisation of the project. Interspersed throughout each of the four parts is a discussion on the issue of scale explored through informational graphics and diagrams.

    The authors Nartano Lim and Widari Bahrin are both practicing architects and published writers. Neither were members of The Dubai Mall project team. This objective distance makes them a fitting choice to deliberate on the malls design and construction in the context of not just Dubai, but also the greater discipline of architecture. Professor Brian Lonsway, author of Making Leisure Work, was invited to cast his critical eye on The Dubai Mall in an essay written specially for this book, expanding his well-regarded scholarship on mega-malls and themed spaces.

    The Dubai Mall is one of DP Architects most prominent projects and represents a milestone for the firm. The transformative journey from idea to drawing to building remains at the core of an architects aspirations, and this process becomes exponentially more interesting when operating at the scale of The Dubai Mall.

    While only a small group was involved in this publication, their efforts represent a team of thousands who were involved in the design, construction and operation of The Dubai Mall. This book honours their collective hard work and dedication.

    FRANCIS LEECEO, DP Architects PTE LTD

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