The concept behind the creation of Ring Island Dubai by Kalbod Studio is centered on forward-thinking and providing a versatile complex with a focus on medical services. All stages of ideation and design have considered a combination of a digital approach, sustainable architecture, regional geographic and social conditions, as well as anticipating the future needs of Dubai. This approach has led to the formation of the final result.
Access to the island will be underwater, and transportation systems such as monorails and electric cars have been planned, with different stations designed to reach every part of the island. The island has a pedestrian-oriented approach, with the entrance located underground and inaccessible to cars. The crescent shape of the site plan symbolizes Dubai’s regional architecture, the geometry of Burj al-Arab, and Islamic elements such as the lunar month. The site’s grid design uses an abstract combination of parametric forms and Islamic geometry patterns in its higher levels.
The project comprises three main zones, including an education and research center in the middle and medical and residential zones. The suspended paths designed between different parts and buildings allow for walking on different levels, providing unique views of Dubai and the Persian Gulf. The terraces and roofs are covered with different plants, improving air quality and providing a green and shaded view throughout the day, a crucial innovation in design given Dubai’s hot and humid climate.
The central tower of the island, covering an area of one million square meters, has two general parts: the base of the building, covering 670,000 square meters, is dedicated to educational and academic activities, and the crescent above it, covering 330,000 square meters, is dedicated to functions such as the exhibition hall, research and development department, science and technology park, library, and digital achievement exhibitions. Fourteen towers with medical functions are added after the central skyscraper, and 24 hotels are located at the two ends of the island, symmetrically arranged on both sides of the central skyscraper.
The entire project can be viewed in five layers:
- The first layer comprises two levels underground and is dedicated to cars, pedestrians, parking, and green spaces.
- The second layer predicts futuristic transportation.
- The buildings are located in the site plan on the third layer.
- The fourth layer is the suspended path with parametric and Islamic patterns in the residential zone (hotels).
- The final layer comprises suspended sterile paths again with parametric and Islamic patterns among the medical towers.
In addition to the design principles considered for the Dubai Healthcare Center, a sustainable approach was taken in all stages of design. Green spaces were considered not only in the site plan but also in all levels of the buildings. The deep and green terraces in the residential area provide a suitable space for residents to rest and enjoy the view of the city and the Persian Gulf. The suspended paths that connect the hotels offer favorable shade with fresh air flow for pedestrians and double as green spaces.
The multifunctional approach of this project ensures that those who come for treatment will not need to stay in other Dubai hotels. The hotels designed in this complex will meet the highest standards and cater to tourists. The research department will complement the medical department, and the collection will adhere to sustainability standards from various social, economic, and environmental perspectives.