ZNera Space, an experimental architecture firm, has created a concept design for Dubai that features a five-story circular structure around Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It stands at 829.8m (2,723ft), nearly twice the height of the Empire State Building.
Downtown Circle is a concept that blends luxury and community in an ambitious design. It was created by Pictown, a company that specializes in architectural renderings.
Najmus Chowdry, principal architect at ZNera Space, and Nils Remess, see Downtown Circle as a horizontal strike against Dubai’s futuristic, futuristic skyline.
An ever-changing skyline
Chowdry, Remess, and Remess acknowledge that the Downtown Circle is a compelling, radical design.
Chowdry stated that the idea was intended to spark conversation. “Something that could stimulate people to rethink their urban development, to reduce congestion in the city… We are promising a sustainable city.”
Remess said that they were working on “very important aspects” that will raise questions about the way cities are planned. “The Burj Khalifa was chosen because it is located in dense urban areas, and we want the city to address the problems that come with dense populations.”
The structure will be 550m (1,804ft) high above the street and would span more than 3 km (1.8 miles). Five massive pillars would support the ring, with their bases in vacant lots. This could be used for an additional purpose.
Chowdry stated that they wanted to create a microclimate downtown and create an envelope around it to control the temperature. This would make the area more comfortable in hot weather. You can also use these vertical [pillars] to purify the air in urban areas.
ZNera Space was shortlisted in the category “Experimental Future Project” for the World Architecture Festival 2018 award. The structure of the pillars could include an innovative smog-filtering design.
Sustainable design for the Future
Dubai’s temperatures can often reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). The architects hope their design will set a new standard for sustainability in the region.
Chowdry stated that the entire ceiling would be covered in solar panels. Chowdry stated, “We also want to implement a technology we used in a prior project, solar hydrogen cell.”
This technology converts solar energy into hydrogen, which is then used to power the air conditioner and supply energy to the building.
Sustainable urban environment by 2040
It also offers transportation options, including an electric tram system with speeds of up to 100 km (62 miles per hour) and infrastructure that can accommodate sky taxis.
A city that is “self-sustaining”
The sheer amount of architectural ambition is not without its engineering challenges. For example, it’s difficult to create a structure that can house the interior features while still being strong enough to support the pillars.
The structure is quite lightweight. Chowdry said, “I imagine it as a large aircraft — the skin, ribs, and that becomes the structure, and inside it’s all hollow.”
He continued, “But then it’s supported via these columns and the circular ring.” “We made it circular to ensure stability.
Remess stated that the Downtown Circle proposal would connect residential space with commercial, corporate, and cultural areas to create a complete “self-sustaining city within a city”. You can walk to your home or office from Downtown Circle. It’s difficult to do this in Dubai.
The Skypark, a continuous green belt connecting all five floors, is the interior’s highlight.
Chowdry explained that the Skypark is the core of the whole design. It will be a green space that can be used for both mixed-use and will serve as an area to reflect on the future of agriculture, particularly in urban areas.
Remess said, “If you look back historically, first came agriculture, then we built the town.” We have lost sight of this idea. We want to restore agriculture and food production to the city center with this greenbelt within the structure.
Although the concept is attracting attention, not all of it is positive. Some commenters on the firm’s Instagram account have suggested that the design could cause irreparable damage to the downtown area.
“While some of the online comments have been negative, we were told by someone recently that which looks better: an empty finger or one with the ring? Chowdry agreed. “It just adds to Burj Khalifa’s verticality.”