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.

Location: 
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
Client: 
Twofour54
Size: 
2,775,890 sf / 257,880 sm
Completion: 
Completed 2011 (Design Development)
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