ICD Brookfield Place
Location: Dubai, UAE
ICD Brookfield Place is an office and retail development located in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre district (DIFC). The mixed-use development includes a 53-storey tower featuring world-class workspaces, set within an urban setting that celebrates its location and makes a positive change to the area around it.
Situated on the Gateway Avenue retail promenade of the DIFC, the building is part of a vibrant urban community, creating high quality spaces to live and work. With unmatched views of the Emirates Towers and Dubai Creek to the north and The Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai area to the south, the site enjoys good connectivity to the Sheikh Zayed Road, the Dubai Metro and the surrounding areas.
The key to design is the spectacular five-storey summer garden – an extraordinary public space that is the social heart of the complex. Located towards the north of the tower, the summer garden is shaded by the office tower for most of the day, creating a vibrant, all-day open space to host events and form a new social focus for the DIFC.
The design establishes a diagonal route across the narrow site, creating a new direct pedestrian link between Al Sa’adah Street and the Promenade. This activates the site and forms a natural path that leads to the summer garden, driving the geometry of the office block, breaking the rhythm of the grid and interrupting the curve of Al Sa’adah Street to announce the new complex and the new entrance to the DIFC.
The distinctive form of the office tower derives from structural and environmental conditions. Situated on the visual axis when looking down Al Sa’adah Street, the four-storey-high A-frame gives the building its stability, while creating a generous marker to the building’s entrance. The social focus is deliberately on the active ground level, with a soaring quadruple-height volume at the top of the tower forming one of the most extraordinary office spaces in the city.