17 Dubai architecture studios photographed by Marc Goodwin | AARB Magazine

17 Dubai architecture studios photographed by Marc Goodwin

For the next in his studio photography series, Marc Goodwin visited the Dubai offices of 17 architecture practices, including Grimshaw and Gensler.

Unlike the cities Goodwin has previously visited for his series, such as Shanghai, London and Barcelona, there were few instances of architecture offices adapting historic buildings in Dubai.

The recent building boom in the United Arab Emirates city means there are an abundance of new office spaces for studios to chose from.

“I don’t think I saw any repurposed buildings of the type I have photographed until now. However, the studios in Al Serkal and Al Quoz are industrial spaces that are giving way to art galleries and design studios at a rapid pace,” Goodwin, who runs the architectural photography studio Archmospheres, told Dezeen.

“Everything south of Deira is new. There is a very pragmatic feel to most of the studios,” he added. “Many have lovely views but were on the whole generic office spaces rather than branded design studios. There were of course a few notable exceptions.”

“Dubai is a dynamic, exciting place with a lot going on. Putting a foot in that door and seeing the plans for the future – 2020 and beyond – was really interesting,”

Shooting in a new city bought with it new challenges, including one the seasoned photographer had not encountered previously.

“Dubai was different in that you have to get permission to take pictures outdoors. Setting up visits to shoot the interiors of studios has been the only challenge until now,” explained Goodwin.

“As soon as you pull out a camera a security guard is certain to ask you for a permit. Turn the corner and repeat with the next guard. I had not experienced that before. Or anything like it. Anywhere.”

Take a look inside 17 of Dubai’s architecture studios:


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Dabbagh Architects

In this space since: 2010

Number of employees: 6

Building’s former use: new building designed by Dabbagh Architects, completed 2010


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

RMJM

In this space since: 2016

Number of employees: 70

Building’s former use: none


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Ibda Design

In this space since: 2009

Number of employees: 18

Building’s former use: office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Godwin Austen Johnson

In this space since: 2009

Number of employees: 180

Building’s former use: the office was an empty shell when the practice moved in


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

U+A

In this space since: 2014

Number of employees: 121

Building’s former use: office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Hopkins Architects

In this space since: 2006

Number of employees: 90

Building’s former use: car showroom


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Gensler

In this space since: 2016

Number of employees: 13

Building’s former use: office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

SVENM Architecture & Design

In this space since: 2017

Number of employees: 5

Building’s former use: warehouse


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Design Worldwide Partnership DMCC

In this space since: 2009

Number of employees: 40

Building’s former use: office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

X Architects

In this space since: 2012

Number of employees: 50

Building’s former use: office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

EDGE

In this space since: 8 years

Number of employees: 44

Building’s former use: office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

T.ZED Architects

In this space since: 2017

Number of employees: 8

Building’s former use: new office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Cultural Engineering

In this space since: 2017

Number of employees: 10

Building’s former use: warehouse


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Grimshaw

In this space since: 2017

Number of employees: 5

Building’s former use: new office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Anarchitects

In this space since: 2016

Number of employees: 6

Building’s former use: art gallery


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Archidentity

In this space since: 2011

Number of employees: 9

Building’s former use: shell and core office


Marc Goodwin Dubai architecture studios

Dewan Architects + Engineers

In this space since: currently under construction, will move in May of 2018

Number of employees: 450

Building’s former use: Coca-Cola marketing suite

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