Driving down the flyover to Dubai Design District (D3), you come across a rather unexpected structure nestled in between the neo-modern architectural wonders typical to Dubai: the D3 Pocket Park.
As contemporary as its neighbours, yet standing tall on Arabic architectural sensibilities, the D3 Pocket Park is a sight for sore eyes. Vertically placed 40’ containers form wind towers which punctuate individual clusters housing D3 offices as well as other service and retail spaces. The project spans a footprint of 1877 square metres (G + 1) and houses galleries, workshops, stores, cafés, multi-purpose facilities, rental spaces, prayer room and restaurants.
Fabricated by Smart Box Industries LLC for AMBB, a Dubai-based interiors house, the development comprises 76 containers (a combination of 20’ and 40’ units) across a 13,637 square metre plot. As the specialist vendor, Smart Box manufactured the ‘shell’ and core components for the structure including container clusters, platforms, staircases and other ancillaries using converted shipping containers.
D3 has been conceived as a global hub for individuals, organisations and brands engaged in design-related activities, and is a milestone achievement in Dubai’s efforts to build a knowledge and innovation based economy. The purpose-built structure marks a new chapter in the region’s construction through incorporating ‘cargotecture’ into Dubai’s mainstream urban planning and development.