Coast town Shahama - Abu Dhabi, UAE

Our office developed physical framework plans for the transformation of the city of Abu Dhabi: an enormous operation of densification and public space definition was undertaken as an outcome of the Abu Dhabi 2030 masterplan.

For three cities, with different conditions, we developed integrated framework masterplans for the revitalisation and densification of housing neighbourhoods as well as redevelopment of the centres. The plans accommodate the expected growth and develop a new clear identity for each of the towns based on their natural characteristics.

The building blocks for these plans were the public space frameworks in combination with a rethinking of the current typologies, with a reference to qualities of the old cities in the region that were dense, had intricate public space networks and courtyard typologies, which all suited the desert conditions well.

Project data

NameCoast town Shahama - Abu Dhabi, UAE
PlaceShahama, Abu Dhabi
Statusdesigned, settled
ClientUrban Planning Council, Abu Dhabi (UAE)
Collaborationsmarket and retail; Jones Land Lasalle
traffic and utilities engineering; KEO, Arup
Estidama & SEA (strategic environmental assessment); Dome
Design collaborationsurbanism and landscape; Juurlink [+] Geluk
Design teamJaakko van 't Spijker, Nikki Mulder, Nika Jaeda, Paul van den Bergh, Jordi Stamps
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