The Grand Boulevard
The Grand Boulevard, a luxury residential development, will be a sophisticated anchor presence on Dubai’s Boulevard, providing residents with unobstructed, front-row seats from which to view the nearby Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The project consists of two towers of 22 and 69 stories, with 146 and 747 units, respectively. The first two levels will also feature high-end retail. As part of an urban plaza featuring public sculptures, an amphitheater frames views of Burj Khalifa between the two towers at the amenities level. The concept of a “theatrical” experience for residents will be expanded to include a theater.
Key design challenges included the need to maximize views of Burj Khalifa in each unit, minimize energy consumption and maximize comfort for residents. The solution was to think not about area but in terms of volume for the views from units. The result was a collection of duplex units on the upper floors of the taller tower, featuring a series of double-height observation rooms that work in tandem with outdoor terraces. The observation rooms and terraces are aligned along Boulevard façade in a staggered configuration to maximize views and keep obstruction to a minimum.
The Grand Boulevard is a highly sustainable development, with several features that reduce heat gain and transfer in Dubai’s warm climate. These include insets for terraces and sloped glass exteriors reduce heat gain and reduce collection of windborn sand; high-performance glaze on exterior glass; reducing the amount of glass in the towers by replacing much of it with a concrete cladding system; orienting the towers to minimize solar exposure; and connecting landscaped event areas with shaded paths.
Other features of the project include high-end finishes in all interiors; ready access to Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, Burj Lake Promenade, World Trade Center and Sheikh Zayed Road; a semi-protected lounge area with decorative water features open to a landscaped garden; and an indoor pool.