T.ZED Architects have wrapped ‘KOA Canvas’, a unique new residential community in Dubai representing a new era in modernized urban property development, with thermally-modified American tulipwood. Over 750 square meters of tulipwood thermally-modified (TMT) have been used to create the cladding element, which also transforms into an outdoor shaded walkway and elevated public balcony. KOA Canvas comprises a collection of 86 residencies, a member’s only workplace and social club (Nasab), a multi-purpose amphitheater, a photography studio, a café’ and restaurant, fitness facilities, spa treatment rooms and 2 infinity pools. This mixed-use development aims to re-interpret how people live, to re-imagine the public realm of cities, and last but not least to enable social interactions.
T.ZED Architects’ design approach was anchored in the investigation of the site itself, the opportunity of responding to a diverse set of expectations and programmes – in such a non- typical mixed-use development, as well as materializing the client’s vision into a forward-thinking architectural language and an urban catalyst for a new type of neighborhood in a city like Dubai. The project also presented the architects with an opportunity to identify a balance between a more traditional culture dictated by an existing framework – to be given a new life – and a modern one anticipating the needs of social customs of our times (internal courtyards and modern majlis).
KOA Canvas documented the successful and sustainable transformation of an existing office building into a thriving urban space for communal activities alongside the creation of an additional two new-built structures, with a variety of programmes that express contemporary architecture of the region. Despite Dubai’s natural desert landscape, the design approach for such a wider context in mind led T.ZED Architects to address the architectural proposition by absorbing and infusing the lush environment surrounding the site. This is highly reflected in the materiality chosen for the overall mixed-use development.