Asha Mallya

    Asha has over 21 years’ experience in HR and Finance. Commencing her professional journey as a qualified accountant, she soon discovered her true passion lies in fostering collaboration among individuals and cultivating a positive working environment. Leveraging her financial expertise and HR management, with exceptional business acumen, she has built the HR function to effectively support Cracknell’s growth.

    Notably, Asha assumes the role of an efficacious team leader, bearing the responsibility of overseeing and managing HR functions with resounding success. Cultivating relationships and trust among her colleagues is important to Asha. Her unwavering belief revolves around creating a supportive working culture that thrives on diversity, inclusivity, collaboration, mutual respect, and recognising the significance of a harmonious work-life balance.

    Alex Dios

    Alex has experience within the fast and challenging China and Southeast Asian market for the past 23 years and is Director of the Shanghai Chapter of the United Architects of the Philippines. He has led projects ranging from small scale to mid-size community planning, urban landscape, mixed used, residential, commercial, and public realm.

    As a Senior Associate at Cracknell he heads and oversees the Manila team, sharing his experience and expertise in place making and sustainable design. Ensuring that the team’s design resolution meets Cracknell’s standards, Alex refines and takes responsibility for each project’s final design solution.

    Wasl1

    landscape design Wasl1, Dubai, UAE

    A mixed-use parkside development with hotels and dining experiences connected by an inviting and walkable public realm.

    Streetscapes between the areas are vibrant, active, lush and welcoming. The Metro Plaza is the jewel in the crown, where colour and light burst in artistic displays contributing to cohesive identifiable urban spaces.

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard

    Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, UAE

    Dubai’s most famous street encircles the Burj Khalifa tower in a 3km arc. With the creation of a major new global city came the need to create a Downtown District for Emirates to take pride in, for tourists to cross off their bucket-lists & for the world to recognise as a global centre. The 73m wide Boulevard links the iconic tower, Dubai Mall & other prominent visitor attractions, & residential, commercial & retail developments with an extensive pedestrian esplanade; together with a dramatic lakeside promenade it provides a civic focus for Dubai’s capital city.

    The design challenge was to create a world-class boulevard with the same recognition as the Ramblas & Champs Elysee, with activated public realm featuring high-end retail, art & theatre.

     

    Defined by feature paving & aligned with gaps between the buildings, the Boulevard intersections delight onlookers with framed Burj Khalifa views. Themed details such as ramped steps, artwork, stone faceting & water jets celebrate these moments, encouraging socialising & cafe culture.

     

    Solidifying the area’s identity & referencing UAE culture, patternation was developed through optioneering. Created for expression in the paving, tree pits, sculptural settings, ramps & venting details, the pattern was proliferated through all public realm elements so that collaboration on street furniture, kiosks, wayfinding & lighting reflected & strengthened the sense of place.

     

    The Boulevard is trisected, reflecting neighbouring character areas, enticing visitors to explore. With open views of the Mall & Burj Khalifa, the Arrival Area is characterised by low planting punctuated by Delonix regia & its bursts of red flowers. Clear stemmed Pheonix dactylifera palms define the Urban Zone whilst both trees line avenues in the Garden Gateway, underplanted with ample shrubs & groundcovers.

     

    Trees, palms & plants sourced at mature size gave immediate shade. To accommodate for growth, 1.8m wide tree pits were installed. 16 years on, this foresight is providing year-round use with cooling established avenues, demonstrating the importance of urban greening.

     

    With the advent of personal electric transport and the birth of social media, the way we interact with cities, & art interfaces with landscape has changed irrevocably; however the feel of the Boulevard has remained true to the original aesthetic largely due to the success of the guidelines & design.

    Photography by Alessandro Merati © Cracknell

    Volante Residences

    landscape design Volante Residences, Dubai, UAE

    An exclusive collection of 45 luxury residences facing the Dubai Canal and the iconic Burj Khalifa; all apartments have access to the exclusive club bar and lounge terraces that take full advantage of breath-taking views. 

    There are elegant, shared terraces and courtyards for social gatherings and health & wellness facilities include jacuzzis, saunas and an infinity pool. 

    © Leigh Williamson, Managing Director, Luxhabitat Sotheby's International Realty
    © Leigh Williamson, Managing Director, Luxhabitat Sotheby's International Realty

    Dubai Creek Harbour Central Park

    park landscape design Dubai Creek Harbour Central Park, Dubai, UAE

    This significant green space at the heart of Dubai Harbour is well connected to the city and provides amenity, leisure and event space for occupants of the encircling residential towers and visitors alike.

    Surrounded by mixed use development including retail and restaurants, the park provides opportunities for play, sports, tree-lined walks as well as respite and privacy for relaxation amongst a back drop of verdant planting and views to the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary across the Creek.

    City Walk

    landscape design City Walk, Dubai, UAE

    An exuberant ‘Luxury Courtyard’ creates an awe inspiring draw at the centre of City Walk.

    Coming alive at night with immersive audio-visual shows it is a family-friendly hub in which to gather, and view the shopping, dining and entertainment on offer. Scintillating colours and lights flood the senses creating a unique retail experience that leaves visitors wanting more.

    Photography by Alessandro Merati © Cracknell

    Dubai Mall

    mall landscape design Dubai Mall, Dubai, UAE

    The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest and most-visited retail and entertainment destination, welcoming more than 80M visitors annually.

    The development includes a five-star hotel, over 12M square feet of retail, an aquarium, high-profile VIP entrances and a lakeside promenade central to the space. Given the extremely high footfall, the landscape design caters to the unique needs of the space.

     

    The promenade forms a platform flexible enough to accommodate festival celebrations, seasonal fashion and brand events and art exhibitions. Durable landscape materials and finishes withstand the high number of visitors whilst creating a clear and easily navigable space for crowds.

    Photography by Alessandro Merati © Cracknell
    © Jordan Bickerstaffe Liquorice Productions

    Burj Khalifa and Dubai Downtown

    Cracknell Projects within the Dubai Downtown Area include:

     

    Burj Khalifa (with SWA) 

    Burj Downtown Lake, Promenade & Island Park

    Burj Boulevard, Roads and Public Realm

    Old Town Exclusive Residential Development

    Dubai Mall Landmark Retail & Entertainment Destination

    Dubai Mall Fashion Island

    Sales Centres for Old Town, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall 

    Multiple Residential Developments 

    Photography by Alessandro Merati © Cracknell

    City Walk

    A European-styled public realm integrating colour and play. Since its expansion City Walk has become one of Dubai’s most beloved shopping and dining destinations. Working closely with Benoy and AECOM, the public spaces of City Walk were designed by Cracknell as a human-scaled urban environment, offering classic and contemporary outdoor lifestyle experiences.

    City Walk’s hardscape design uses a modern international style and explores the drama and colour of the development’s outdoor connectivity, lightshows and media screens. Open plazas and European-styled boulevards are encircled by a connected pedestrian plaza and active air cooling for external spaces. A centrepiece of the development, the Luxury Courtyard, takes inspiration from traditional Italian courtyard design. 

     

    City Walk comes alive at night, where it’s a safe and controlled environment for visitors to enjoy the shopping, dining and entertainment on offer.

    Photography by Alessandro Merati © Cracknell