Abu Dhabi Media Zone

Abu Dhabi Media Zone is a mixed-use development that integrates three city blocks including: production studios and post-production facilities, a training academy, retail, residential, commercial towers and hotel and public amenity areas. The overall development is configured in a three-storey pedestrian oriented ‘deck’ housing media functions, street related retail and residential units, below-grade parking, and above ‘deck’ towers, all connected via a triple height enclosed galleria. 

The ensemble of buildings is experienced as large-scale display frames. The façades that form the frame are designed with softly folded smooth claddings and are asymmetrically proportioned. The surrounding frame sets a focus of attention, as it embraces and reflects the content. The deck is designed as a series of horizontal frames. The circulation system and visual connections are continuous, but the design also defines clearly discontinuous surfaces, where each can express distinct media content.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Design Architect: 
UNStudio (Base Building Shell and Core) / Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Public Spaces)
Executive Architect: 
Adamson Associates International Ltd - Abu Dhabi
2,775,890 sf / 257,880 sm
Completed 2011 (Design Development)