Perkins & Will fit out development in DIFC

The latest addition to the DIFC, ‘The Buildings’ by Daman has been officially opened for sale. The Dhs1.6 billion mixed-use real estate development, in the heart of the new Dubai Commercial Business District has a projected completion date of late 2008.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  June 1, 2006

The latest addition to the DIFC, ‘The Buildings’ by Daman has been officially opened for sale. The Dhs1.6 billion mixed-use real estate development, in the heart of the new Dubai Commercial Business District has a projected completion date of late 2008. The project involves a 65 floor residential and commercial complex made up of freehold apartments, offices, retail space and a luxury hotel. Architect firm Perkins & Will has plans to create a totally integrated, intelligent, efficient work and living space focusing on flexibility, maximum space utilisation and energy efficiency in all parts of the complex. A dedicated office tower will offer almost 50,000 sq ft of prime office space, with a unique floor design yielding approximately five times the average commercial space of Sheikh Zayed Rd properties. One key aspect was to reduce columns as much as possible and create rationalised under floor service access for all wiring, cabling and power points. “This under floor system allows tremendous flexibility and speed in re-configuration of office space. The open floor plan and rectangular shape offers minimum space wastage — avoiding difficult or odd shaped corners which minimise space efficiency,” says Rusty Meadows, principal, Perkins & Will. The building was purposefully planned to allow for both open and closed plan design. “An open space design is great for ‘large corporation’ international institution type tenants who prefer to have all offices on one level. Local companies in the region are traditionally rather small in size so the building also lends itself to multiple tenants per floor. The design plan provides knock-out panels in case tenants want to span multiple floors,” explains Meadows. Cooling and power systems are provided to support the rapidly changing workplace. Systems have been installed to ensure ease of re-cabling as new technology evolves. “Daman have set out to develop an office product that would provide an efficient, flexible and cost effective platform for its DIFC based financial tenants,” says Meadows. The 900,000 sq ft, 65-floor residential component contains 1,2 and 3 bedroom apartments with sky view terraces. A range of high quality natural materials will be used throughout the interiors. Hardwood teak flooring has been selected for living and bedroom areas. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets are West African Afromosia wood (similar to teak in its ability to hold up to extreme conditions). All apartments have built-in wood wall panelling and stone surrounds. There is a rich combination of stone types used throughout, including Ivory Travertine on walls, Sedano Marble for bathroom floors, limestone for kitchen flooring, and black granite for countertops. Glass mosaic tiles have been incorporated as the kitchen backsplash and as vanity walls in the bathroom. The projected budget for the interior fit out is approximately Dhs80-100million for public areas and residential apartments. “‘The Buildings’ by Daman is a highly evolved concept. It represents the best of modern design blended with a strong understanding of modern lifestyle and workplace technology requirements,” says Meadows.

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