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Marina Crnjanin

Marina Crnjanin

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Canal to Guggenheim Night View
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Cultural Canal Precinct

Project Description:

Saadiyat Island – situated 500 meters off the coast of Abu Dhabi, one of the world’s most rapidly expanding economies, Saadiyat offers a unique combination of natural beauty, Arabian charm and cosmopolitan living. A world-class master plan, providing modern infrastructure, creates a commercially strong proposition within an environmentally sustainable, resident focused development.

The Canal Precinct is the heart of the cultural district of Saadiyat Island. It contains a number of large plots planned primarily for residential and cultural functions as well as office, retail and commercial activities alongside a major canal and quayside public realm. Hotels are placed in prime strategic locations along the canal. This is a premier area of leisure and culture where high quality design and development will be crucial to the success of the precinct and the island.

This precinct will be an important low-density, urban environment that serves as the backdrop for the main cultural facilities, including the Sheikh Zayed National Museum designed by Norman Foster, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum designed by Frank O. Gehry, the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum designed by Jean Nouvel and the Performing Arts Centre designed by Zaha Hadid.

A range of cultural buildings, including art galleries, will showcase local artisans alongside international artists showing at the main cultural facilities.

It consists of 10.5 M sq ft of mixed use development (residential, office, retail and 5 hotels). Phase 1 consists of one 5 star boutique hotel, 1,100 residential units upholstered with high end retail and F&B and one signature office building.
Project Budget: $4.3 B; Phase 1 Budget: $1.2 B

Role: Design Manager

Responsability:

  • Master planning of the entire Cultural Canal Precinct - (later redevelopment and partnership with LVMH group)
  • Manage five multinational design architect firms spread between three continents
  • Organize weekly meetings, web conferences
  • Coordinate internal teams of architects and engineers to ensure that project phases are delivered on time and budget
  • Assist commercial team preparing requests for proposal
  • Review and analyze bids
  • Consolidate lists of potential design architects for the project and prepare presentations for executives
 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

 
Saadiyat Island
Saadiyat Island
Cultural Canal Precinct, Saadiyat Island
Cultural Canal Precinct, Saadiyat Island
Cultural Canal Precinct Master Plan
Cultural Canal Precinct Master Plan
Arts & Entertainment District
Arts & Entertainment District
High End Luxury Retail Street
High End Luxury Retail Street

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