"Sited where there is little topography and an abundance of iconic vertical structures, ?The Mountains? is a large mixed-use development, designed to reference the natural characteristics of landscape; mountains, dunes, and canyons such that the project emerges from the desert, horizontal and iconic.
The retail mall interior is characterized by the splendor evoked by a lengthy oasis-like canyon. This creates a strong linear organization for buildings and pedestrian spaces, connecting across a large site.
Normative building floor plans are split out of the mountainous roof topography proposing a rational approach to an exotic appearance in the landscape. The power of the mountain as a natural figure is referenced throughout the faceted, perforated concrete envelope, its crystalline roof creates a landmark that can be seen from the elevated metro rail arriving from central Dubai. The covered canyon garden walk contains lush landscaping and water features that establish an organic, indoor environment with spaces for exploring, resting, and enjoying entertainment."