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Foster + Partners has announced the groundbreaking of ‘ICD Brookfield Place’, a 1.5 million-square-foot office and retail development located in the Dubai International Financial Centre District (DIFC). The mixed-use development includes a 53-storey tower that comprises over 900,000-square-feet of grade A lettable office space, adjacent to a 150,000-square-foot retail center with shopping, dining, fitness, and private club facilities. Three executive sky view suites at the top of the tower feature multiple terraces and an open garden with views of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The office tower and retail building will be connected by several pedestrian pathways and a 31 meter-high, 18,000-square-foot landscaped public realm that will showcase a range of arts and cultural events.
‘The beginning of construction at ICD Brookfield Place marks the next phase of one of Dubai’s most prestigious developments at the DIFC,’ said Grant Brooker, senior executive partner at Fosters + Partners. ‘We were honored to be chosen by ICD Brookfield to design a project that we believe will become a new social focus for Dubai, combining world class office space with a major civic plaza. Our aim is to enhance the urban character of the DIFC, putting public spaces at the very heart of the design. The new office tower – on target to achieve a LEED gold rating – is shaped to reflect the sunlight, and is surrounded by a rich mix of easily accessible terraced spaces, that create a vibrant and lively extension to the DIFC.’
With construction work now underway, the tower is expected to be complete by late 2018.