Znera Space, an architecture firm, has designed a unique concept design for Dubai’s skyline. Downtown Circle is a project that Znera Space has just announced. It’s a 550-meter tall ring that surrounds the Burj Khalifa. Designers hope that it will challenge traditional views of skyscrapers and gated communities. It is designed to be self-sufficient and sustainable.
Artist renderings of the structure show its impressive size, which will cover three kilometers of Dubai’s downtown. It will be divided into smaller sections, each containing houses, public, commercial, and cultural spaces. Najmus Chowdry, Nil Remess, cofounders of Znera Space, conceived the ambitious project. Znera Space focuses on experimental architecture that addresses environmental and social issues and explores boundaries.
Downtown Circle Established During The pandemic
Downtown Circle was established during the pandemic. This led to the idea of rethinking the way we live in cities, especially in skyscrapers. Chaudhry says, “We wanted to get to the bottom of how gated communities were created as very horizontally built environments.” Because of Dubai’s dense urban structure, you won’t find that here. This concept is best explored and practiced downtown.
Five levels make up the Downtown Circle. They are located on five points, or pillars, embedded in ground. Skypark is a continuous green belt that connects two rings in the large circle. It creates an urban green ecosystem which vertically connects all floors.
Remes says that agriculture was one of their goals. Many large cities today face the dilemma of how to add more agriculture. Remes said that a self-sufficient city is something we would like to see.
The Skypark acts as the lungs for the structure and includes swamps, tropical plants, and other flora. The project is part of an urban ecosystem that also includes rainwater harvesting and solar energy. It also has a system to store carbon in the air and filter out pollutants.
Pictoun, a Polish visualization studio, collaborated on the concept and drawings. The outside perimeter of the tramway was also included in the concept. The pods can travel up to 100 km per hour and will be twenty-two in size. The pods will transport passengers around the downtown circle and provide 360-degree views.