RAK Urban Design
Ras Al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates
* as SVA(Durban) in assocation with SVA(Cape Town)
The city of Ras Al Khaimah is one of the oldest permanent settlements on the Arabian Peninsula. A survey of important buildings determined the connections between the historic and the modern city. An urban matrix framework was developed, as a basis for proposals to reinforce the fabric with restoration and interventions to preserve these unique environments. The connection between the historic city and the new developing Ras Al Khaimah, is via a manmade peninsula across portion of the creek. The planning incorporates this area into the overall precinct as an urban design framework for the inner city.
South Beach Walk
The Beach and City Planning Proposals of 1984, found the existing South Beach change rooms, beach office and lifeguard facilities were inadequate. Demolition of a large part of the existing buildings took place, retaining the original freestanding building portion, built in 1935. These met the requirements with minor modifications and restoration. The new building is built separate from the existing building in a semi-circular plan, buried into the surrounding earth, with the roof of the new portion forming the walkway linking the upper and lower Marine Parade. The new building echoes the stripped classical style of the original building.