In 2005 RMJM were commissioned to design the six gate precinct buildings to provide a transparent and elegant backdrop to the existing Gensler/Hyder designed Gate Building. The design of the precinct buildings, with special consideration to their height and proportions, relate harmoniously to the Gate Building. They are exactly half the Gate Building’s height and the distance between the Gate and the precinct buildings is exactly the same as the height of the Gate itself.
The development is interconnected by a full height glass air conditional link and decorative shaded colonnade which creates a human scale for the development. There is easy movement from building to building within a controlled environment, with a fluid link to the vibrant cafes, restaurants and terraces around the natural landscaped plaza. Externally the predominant material is high tech, full height glass that covers the majority of the building.
This is contrasted with warm coloured granite and fabric shades at lower levels. Internally the use of marble, sandstone, granite and rich dark woods create a modern yet sophisticated internal working environment befitting the importance of the area and its tenants.
Completed in 2007 the precinct buildings are zoned to provide a mix of uses in a people friendly environment. Office floors provide flexible office space with views into the plaza, the adjacent Emirates Towers building and the adjoining DIFC developments.