MVRDV Reveals Pixel Design for Abu Dhabi

Each unit will surround a public square designed by BIG in the Makers District. All images courtesy MVRDV.

MVRDV has revealed design plans for Pixel, a collection of mixed-use towers planned to populate a public square in Abu Dhabi designed by Bjarke Ingels Group. The 818,000-square-foot plan will comprise seven mid-rise volumes, and is slated for completion in 2020. It will be the Dutch firm’s maiden project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Located within the 44-acre Makers District of Abu Dhabi, each structure will house 480 apartments across their upper levels as well as retail, offices, and coworking spaces along the lower stories. Conceived in partnership with locally based Dewan Architects + Engineers, the design will earn its name from the pixelated illusion conveyed by the cubic cutouts incorporated into the corners aligned with the square. Cutouts will be equipped with terraces overlooking both the plaza and waterfront.

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The exterior of each building will be adorned with a distinctive pearly ceramic and concrete facade that responds to the local climate. The slim towers will also be positioned to maximize sun and wind exposure.