One Third

Nouran Abdelrahman
American University in Dubai
United Arab Emirates

As of 2016, 51% of Dubai population spends 8-10 hours a day at work, which justifies why workspaces should be well facilitated and efficient. Nevertheless, that still does not leave out the theory of offices being obsolete. Hence, in order to verify both aspects, workspace will be redefined and reiterated, where it will provide a functional hybrid of a space. In this thesis, the main aim is to questions the current predicaments of the existing workspaces then resolve them in the design.

With that being said, one third of our day will be revamped. The design proposal came upon the surrounding elements and the spatial analogy. The site and the appropriate spatial planning have shaped the modularity of the design. Before the design approach, the spaces were split into four different typologies of spaces: Hybrid, Support spaces, workspace, and recreational. Later on these spaces were dispersed amongst a definitive spaces complexity from symmetrical to dynamic. This order was interpreted in the panels that have been deduced.

The main bone structure was based upon these panels. In which through trial and error within a grid they were fitting in to the space typologies. The panels when notched in are designed to give different spatial qualities. The panels then were reiterated according to the space planning. The space planning was determined through the required cores/ access to the site. The flow of people has been identified and morphed into the design. Each access was like an entrance circulation station from these different points. As for the entirety of the form, it was designed using two different languages: Glass=void/space, Panels= structure/mass.

Project year:  2018
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