Fort Lauderdale architecture firm picked for 10-tower development in Dubai

Rex Nichols Architects got a contract from Emaar Properties for design work in the first phase of pre-construction

Dubai Creek Harbor rendering
Dubai Creek Harbor rendering

Emaar Properties, the developer of a 10-tower project in Dubai, commissioned a Fort Lauderdale-based architecture firm to design the buildings’ façades.

Emaar commissioned Rex Nichols Architects (RNA) for the first pre-construction phase of the development, called Dubai Creek Harbor.

The mixed-use development near downtown Dubai, scheduled for completion in 2020, would include residences, retail stores, restaurants and offices.

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“We were approached by the senior manager for Dubai Creek Harbor based on the contemporary design featured on our website,” architect Rex Nichols, who runs RNA, said in a prepared statement.

If selected to continue design work beyond the first phase of pre-construction, Fort Lauderdale-based RNA would become the lead architect for the 10-building waterfront development in a joint venture with Robert Swedroe Architects in Miami.

RNA and Swedroe previously were in a Middle Eastern joint venture together to design a proposed mixed-use development in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which would include commercial buildings, villas and a hotel.

The 2.3-square-mile development site of Dubai Creek Harbor would encompass a 3,045-foot tower that will be the world’s next tallest building, Dubai Creek Tower, designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. — Mike Seemuth