FUNCTION AND MEANING OF MIXED-USE BUILDINGS
BacK | HomE | MorE
Iconography of Dubai's
Before the arrival of western architecture it was common to have houses with blank walls and decorative doors facing narrow alleys.
An internal courtyard provided light and air.
Business took place in open markets or specialized souks.
The Marhaba Albraha Hotel with pre-fabricated concrete panels for sun shading. With the adoption of air-conditioning and electric lights the need for windows diminished, but streets became less friendly and look anonymous.
The 4 Season Hotel and the Al Tawoos Hotel in Al Murar.
Balconies and windows are elements of modern western architecture. Transplanted into the hot desert climate they cause problems which only can be solved by air-conditioning. Because of an extreme concern for privacy, traditional Arab architecture in Emirates required minimal permeable openings to the outside. The badgheer provided direct air movement and cooling breezes to the rooms and was a source of indirect light.
Residential building with balustrades and doric columns.
Car parking on the ground floor below the apartments.
SAME, SAME BUT DIFFERENT...
Hussain Haider Darwish Building at 38 and Al Jazeira Street
The Strawberry Corner cafeteria and a Gent's saloon
Al Rostamani International Exchange with MoneyGram transfer
Bachelor rooms to let in this Bur Dubai round corner building.
MIXED-USE MEZZANINE BUILDINGS
The City Light Restaurant below a mezzanine floor and three top stories. Fresh flowers and plants, a grocery and offices
The facades of Dubai's mixed-use, hotel and residential buildings serve as a stage of commercial symbolism.
JHAROKHA BALCONY OUTSIDE THE FACADE
Blue balconies at the Al Fardan Building on Al Ghubaiba Road in Dubai's Al Souq Al Kabeer area, looking on Port Rashid.
As many jharokha balconies as the Hawa Mahal palace of the breeze in Jaipur, India. Sometimes we can read a facade like we can read a face. Here we understand that these balconies are not in use but are a tradition of merchants from India.
In an urban context every façade is an intermediary element, a functional skin, the boundary and filter between the outside and the inside, the public and the private.
Very small balconies under the U.A.E. banner at the top-floor.
The Silver Sands 1 apartment hotel on Al Mankhool Street in Bur Dubai build 1981 by consultant ARENCO Architects. Architectural historian and landscape designer Charles Alexander Jencks once stated: Everything that can be seen or thought about takes a meaning, or position within a signifying system (even the recurrent attempts to escape from this omnipresent signification).
Lots of residential units above a Beauty Salon and Diagnostic
Center on the ground floor. Most balconies are not in use or
used for drying clothes in the sun.
The white-blue Al Ras Hotel building.
Rooms to let in this Al Rigga mixed-use building.
Rooms to let in this Al Rigga apartment building.
Balconies above Naderi Butchery and Vee Vee Trading.
Three storeys above Al Laith Sanitary & Painting Works.
In the evening one can sit outside his apartment above Scheherazade Gulf General Trading and enjoy a cool breeze.
Tanour Restaurant building on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road.
Balconies above the shop of Business Connection building.
Building with Eat & Drink Restaurant and computer shops.