A harbour-side heritage development layering the history and evolution of Dubai.
Located Creekside in Dubai, Al Seef is the sparkling emirate’s evolution in one development: a heritage section where the traditional Emirati way of life plays out, and a contemporary section reflecting the city’s modern progress.
The heritage section
1950’s photographs of Creek life inspired Cracknell to create a design language of memories layered over time. Narrow walkways hug traditionally-constructed buildings. Canopies create dappled shade along pathways. Surprise public spaces are discovered along a jagged wharf, offering special touches such as a camel trough.
The contemporary section
Minimalist design, expansive lines and simple materials give an understated luxury to the section, with a wide promenade allowing pedestrian circulation or resting spots for people to enjoy the harbour view. The linear paving of the promenade is broken up by layers leading to the water’s edge, creating a meditative atmosphere.