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How Binghatti’s Architectural Masterpieces are Paving the Way for a Bold New Era of Design in the UAE

CEO Muhammad Binghatti

Merging cutting-edge design with architectural flair – all tied together with a distinguishable visual identity – renowned real estate developer Binghatti has seen dynamic growth over the past few years, with its iconic properties reshaping the UAE landscape, from Binghatti Avenue and Binghatti Pearls to Binghatti Gateway and Binghatti Canal. An assortment of awards has served as badges of this excellence and distinctiveness, with Binghatti being a three-time winner of the Gulf Real Estate Awards, alongside other accolades such as Design Middle East Awards, Arabian Property Awards, Middle Green Building Awards, and Cityscape Awards.

The young, spirited, and dynamic leader, CEO and head of architecture Muhammad Binghatti has been paving the way for a new architectural era in the Middle East through Binghatti’s extensive portfolio of real estate projects with revolutionary architectural design.

“We have developed a distinct architectural language, a palette, if you like, driven by our deep-rooted brand and design ethos. We have created a new paradigm for real-estate in the region: people used to perceive property development as an enterprise that is commercially driven, where the focus of a developer is primarily the monetary return on investment but never treated delicately as a brand and architecturally-driven exercise. At Binghatti, we begin the process the other way around,” says Muhammad Binghatti.

Binghatti describes how each of their projects is conceived in a highly authentic and meticulously orchestrated fashion that places their brand philosophy at the forefront of priorities. Similar to globally renowned fashion houses and automotive brands, Binghatti takes pride in taking their clients on a visual journey and through a signature design philosophy that is authentic to their brand ethos – from the moment that a project is conceptualized, to developing the design, until the idea is transformed into an actual architectural masterpiece on site.

Photo: Courtesy of Binghatti

At the heart of each project is a story rooted in the region’s copious and profound heritage and articulated through a contemporary visual language. Binghatti Pearls, for instance, was recognized by Dubai Culture and Arts Authority as the third of the top seven must-see architectural marvels in Dubai. The concept of the project was inspired by the deeply inherent pearl-diving tradition within the region. The contouring of the massing of the tower mimics the structure of pearl shells to pay homage to the embedded culture and history of Dubai, taking a vernacular idea, and forming a hyper-modern visual and architectural manifestation.

Another expression of this architectural code is manifested in the consistent contouring that defines the exterior envelopes of Binghatti’s towers. Most of the region’s skyscrapers are found to be flat, generally lacking volume and dimensionality, and solely rely on conventional materials such as glass glazing, without taking climatic conditions into account. On the contrary, Binghatti takes an unconventional approach towards facade design, whereby its hyper-tower facade design relies on the multiplication of geometrical units to form the exterior envelopes of their facades. The most intriguing part of this design strategy is that it is not only for visual aesthetics, but also for reasons that are highly ecological and performance related. The architecturally-driven developer conducts a series of aerodynamic climatic studies to identify how they can design architectural facades that are environmentally conscientious and resource-efficient in their construction practices.

“We accelerate ingenious ideas and use building elements such as podiums and atriums to allow us to create an ecosystem within the building. We ensure that we comply with the global ASHRAE standards in our projects in terms of HVAC. These result in maximizing passive cooling and minimizing energy consumption at a rate of 23% in energy preservation. We also make sure that we only employ high performing materials that have the general Solar Reflective Index (SRI) of 93.17 for low wind (from 0 to 2m/s) to SRI of 93.22 for high wind (from 6 to 10m/s). Lastly, it is at the forefront of our priorities that our building process is respectful of the environment having 95.08% of our construction waste diverted into landfill,” he explained.

The company was awarded “The Developer of The Year” in the Mena Green Building Awards and was recognized by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority for promoting green building and sustainable development in the community.

“We believe that as the regional trendsetter in the real estate industry, our primary role is not just to change the way people see property development but to completely revolutionize it by ensuring we deliver highly innovative products that are sustainable for the environment,” he concluded.

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