The Skycourts project is one of the first large scale developments aimed at medium income customers to provide necessary affordable accommodation in the overpriced Dubai property market. After an initial study of the 12 tower plots with a maximum height of 14 floors per tower NAGA Architects proposed a scheme to combine the plots in an attempt to overcome the insufficient 10m setbacks of the individual tower plot arrangement as established in the masterplan. As a result a 50m wide central park was proposed with the buildings pushed to the perimeter.
Local authorities supported this move allowing additional height for the new 6-tower scheme to compensate for the loss of area due to the narrow floorplates. With the only restriction not to exceed the initial allowed maximum GFA this resulted in six 23 storey towers (G+M+21) that step down 2 floors towards the internal courtyard. The building footprint is based on two grids with straight facades to the courtyards and splayed Y-shape section on the external facade.
Studio apartments and hanging gardens are tucked in between the splayed ends overlooking the community park. A double volume skycourt with outdoor-pool and gym gives the development its name and articulates the courtyard facades. Additionally roof top gardens terraced between the 23rd floor and the lower 21st floor roof provide an elevated landscape in privacy shaded by steel trellis. A retail zone with F+B outlets on ground and mezzanine level will provide conveniently all necessary facilities to residents.
The regular 8.5m structural grid allows most efficient construction without transfer slab above the 3 underground parking levels with 4500 spaces. The scale of the development will ensure its success independently from the progress of surrounding plots of this relatively new development. Skycourts will also be an anchor for smaller single tower developments around and therefore becomes the central seed around which the Dubailand Residences community will evolve.