Ashjar at Al Barari

Dubai, UAE

Ashjar at Al Barari is designed to Al Barari’s aspiration to cultivate “a unique vision of high-end living in harmony with the natural environment.”

The idea of “tree living” inspired the design of the high end residences with three different characters of unique amenity: ‘at the forest floor’, ‘within the tree canopy’, and ‘above the forest canopy’. With over 80% of the site dedicated to landscape, these apartments merge seamlessly into their surroundings.

The development comprises 300 luxury apartments within secluded low rise buildings, each carefully woven at canopy level into a lush forest landscape. Dense planting, meandering streams, shared amenity, and secluded gardens connect communities and allow controlled access to the wider masterplan and amenities.

Al Barari Firm Management
Site Area:
Architecture, Masterplanning, Landscape, Sustainability, CGI
Built 2019
Within the Ashjar site, three diverse building typologies range from an extrovert and open layout, to an introvert and screened enclosure. The 'introvert' and 'extrovert' apartments are arranged around a central core with living and dining areas located with wider dual aspect views at each corner. Large expansive terraces combine with fully retractable glass façades blur the boundaries between inside and out. These terraces frame views to the Dubai skyline at upper levels, whilst lower level apartments are afforded larger garden and landscape experiences.
The apartments limit intense solar exposure experienced throughout the day. Each unit is oriented south, featuring strategic glazing to optimise views and high thermal massing to improve thermal efficiency. Shading strategies are deployed through horizontal beams and pergolas which increase visibility or sliding screens that create privacy and layers of transparency. Interior planning enables rich natural daylight surrounded by the landscape of Al Barari.

winning awards

Cityscape Awards 2014 - Residential Future Winner


Design Partner - Gordon Affleck
Project Partner - Chris Jones

Architectural Team
Jamie Webb, George Aguirre, Nick Benner, Alexey Golbraykh, Yao Ma, Shirley Tsang, Kevis Wong, Yao Yap, Warith Zaki

Landscape Team
Kan Srisawat, Carol Hui, Matthew Younger, Michelie Tonido, Shingrong Wu

Sustainable Design Team
Sean Quinn

CGI Team
Jon Martin, Yasser Salomon, Laura Simonsen, David Guardado

Photo courtesy of Rafael Vargas



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