Diamond Developers selected Baharash Architecture to plan the second of four phases of Dubai Sustainable City – a 46 hectare, 500 villa eco-development slated for construction at the junction of Al Qudra and Emirates Roads in Dubai.
“The vision of the city encompasses three main pillars of sustainability: environmental, economic and social,” Diamond Developers said in a recent statement.
They added that the Baharash proposal exceeds best practices in environmental building technologies while maintaining a reasonable price tag.
The London based firm, which will open a new office in Dubai to prepare for the project, beat out designers from the USA, Lebanon, Jordan, the UK, and the UAE to win the bid.
Phase two of the project involves building a mixed-use zone for occupants of the100 energy efficient, solar-powered villas and townhouses that should be complete by the end of 2014.
This zone will include a Juma Mosque, an Institute for Ecological Engineering, a museum & planetarium, a “Green” School for K-6, an Eco-Resort, Country Club and Equestrian Center.
Each residence will be equipped with solar panels that are expected to produce at least 60 percent of their energy needs, and smart water systems will slash water consumption by 30 percent.
Once complete, Dubai Sustainability City will have 550 solar-powered villas, solar-powered electric vehicles for an emissions-free zone, organic farms, and a sophisticated waste management system. Additionally, all grey and black water will be treated and recycled for irrigation purposes.
Diamond Developers strives to ensure that 50 percent of the city will be comprised of green spaces complete with shade and nitrogen fixing for superior soil quality.