These apartments and lofts by Luxury Development, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. have been made with great sculptural value and aesthetics. The complex consists of a variety of housing solutions, including 2, 3 and 4-BHK apartments, and penthouses, along with other amenities. Designed with a successively recessing façade and a systematically random combination of solids and voids, it offers a highly serene ambiance for modern day living. The meticulously designed housing project has direct access to a variety of facilities and magnificent views.

Project Name: Mangrove Place Apartments
Studio Name: Designers’ Alcove for Art & Architecture

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The project’s functional philosophies are based on inventive, innovative and intrinsic design & planning ethics deeply rooted in social planning, contextual design, and environmental responsibility, so as to offer design solutions that are not only specific, but also sensitive, thoughtful, and humane.

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An appropriate placement and orientation accentuates their value in a spacious green complex overlooking the Arabian Sea. The base podium provides the solution to meet every need for parking, a shopping mall, health club & spa, restaurants, etc., while upper 30 floors consist of residential suits. There are four different housing types. In addition to the large areas of the judiciously sized lofts and their terraces, that meet the most demanding requirements in terms of space, materials and finishing of various individual apartments, lofts and common spaces of the building of the complex first ensure quality, comfort and durability. A new environment was created here. On the upper levels, a “Sleeping Box” was designed to house each unit in their own cube that were laid to create street-like avenues in the sleeping quarters.

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The roof-top, besides having essential building services installed, also have a large matrix of solar panels installed on almost 75% of the terrace area. The energy harvested is being used to feed the common areas of the apartment.

Needless to say that the correct orientation of the building and its openings was an important consideration during the design process (as it helps to reduce the energy demand), the use of perforated metal screens as a second layer over the curtain glazing was intentional- in order to give a playful character and to help control the heat gain and the glare.

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Once inside, the guest/resident is carried away by the subtle graphical green landscaped terraces and balconies that stagger amidst the transparencies back to a pleasant atmosphere with a new taste to live. The modernity of the interiors has been taken as an opportunity to create an informal and impressive ambiance. The choice and permutations of various furniture layouts and material selection together with the overall housing solution raises a safe and comfortable oasis for the inhabitants to live in.


DESIGNERS’ ALCOVE FOR ART & ARCHITECTURE-

Designers’ Alcove for Art & Architecture was formed as a result of collective efforts of a team of young and highly dynamic architects and designers, committed to professional, high quality design solutions. The firm has been delivering innovative architectural design & build services since it was established in 2006.

In its short journey till now, Designers’ Alcove has designed a wide variety of projects and can pride themselves on the beginning of a never ending journey in comprehension and subsequent application of urban design, architecture & interior décor of high professional standards, built by their ability to cater to even the smallest of the needs of the project.

Understanding the importance of research & innovation, their functional philosophies are based on inventive, innovative and intrinsic design ethics deeply rooted in social planning, contextual design, and environmental responsibility, so as to offer design solutions that are not only specific, but also sensitive, thoughtful, and humane. Designers’ Alcove is committed to debate and participate in the shaping of the course of contemporary architecture and planning. From innovation in contextual design to the use of symbolism and iconography, they work to expand the concepts of what architecture & urban planning can be, locally and globally. For last 14 years, they have been working in collaboration with some of the highly regarded international architects, designers & consultants.

Working beyond the realms of simple building design, we have been incorporating active and logical solutions based on green-buildings, non-conventional energy harvesting systems and sustainable architecture, thereby reducing the net energy footprint of the building by active & passive means.

-Profile of the Principal Architect & Senior Partner-

Dr. Vibhor Mukul Singh- is the Principal Architect and founder of the firm. He graduated from Aayojan School of Architecture, Jaipur and has worked with some of the well known architectural firms in India and abroad. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano, (Milan) Italy, he obtained a Ph. D. from Italy in Architecture, Urban Design, Conservation of Housing & Landscape, and is actively involved with a number of European architects in a series of research & development projects in the field of sustainable architecture, green buildings & energy efficient design and works of metropolitan art. Not only is he actively involved in design and development of commercial, residential & mixed use projects, but is also effectively bridging these projects with practical and feasible energy efficiency solutions. He is a registered member of Council of Architecture, India. Besides, he is also a member of MaCBA (Barcelona, Spain) and the Indian Institute of Architects (UP Chapter).

Natasha Singh- Senior Design Partner & co-founder of the firm, obtained her Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Aayojan School of Architecture and further a a Master’s degree in Architecture & Contemporary Landscape Design from Politecnico di Milano. She has a vast experience of working on a vivid scale of projects ranging from small building units to urban & cityscapes. Her past experiences include working with several respected firms in the profession. At present, she is involved in highly potential works involving amalgamation of architecture and contemporary landscapes, cityscapes, design and development of various commercial and residential buildings. She also has a highly versatile work strategy ranging from interior designs of the project to contextual surroundings.

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