Media City Zone 1 in Abu Dhabi is a mixed-use development that integrates three city blocks
The overall development is configured in a three-storey, pedestrian-oriented ‘deck’ housing production studios and post-production facilities, a training academy, retail, residential, commercial towers, hotel, 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.