Project Description5+design re-envisioned the DIFC master plan for the 10 million square feet still to be developed. Crucial to the revamped design is the 1.5-kilometer-long corridor linking one end of the district to the other and all of the buildings in between via three separate levels: A tunnel for service vehicles will lie under the surface roadway; an air-conditioned indoor retail concourse will stretch above the roadway; and a park-like promenade will top the retail concourse. Escalators and bridges will offer quick and easy access between levels and connect to nearby streets and two elevated light rail stations.
In addition, 5+design’s master plan calls for an indoor-outdoor town center with water features, an open-air plaza, a cineplex and a live-performance theater – all of which will foster a sense of community among the broad diversity of people who live and work in the district. Redesigned retail storefronts and improved landscaping, signage and lighting will create an inviting, sophisticated backdrop for the many opportunities to stroll, shop, dine and play in DIFC, a truly cosmopolitan urban neighborhood.