ikonhouse Design Talk: The Art of Crafting the City of Tomorrow by Architect Janus Rostock
November 04 2015 : ( 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm )
Architect Janus Rostock, Regional Design Director of ATKINS, will be talking about The Dubai Opera House - the centrepiece of The Opera District in Downtown Dubai that is set to be the the new cultural platform of performing arts and entertainment in the Middle East. The Dubai Opera House is set to open in 2016.
How can urban planning impact the lives of those living in the different communities that make a city?
The urban masterplan should incorporate all the components needed for a strong community: residential, culture, healthcare, education, retail, offices and commercial space, exhibition and hospitality, and an integrated public realm network. From any location within the development, people should be within less than a five minute walk from green open space.
Atkins Design director Janus Rostock said: "We've developed a suite of wellness criteria to assess the urban masterplans against our 'wellness concept'. Every element within the masterplan has to meet these. What we end up with is a smaller cities within the city - a fully self-sustaining mixed-use development which supports a vibrant community and healthy, active lifestyles.”
Case Study: Dubai Opera District
Atkins’ urban designers created a vision which will help grow and bring new vitality and vibrancy to the Downtown and Business Bay districts in the heart of Dubai. They focused on the public realm – the space between buildings – to provide a solution which will deliver a true sense of place and identity, ensuring long-term environmental, social and economic resilience.
This vision has provided the platform for a new cultural centre which will be home to museums, art galleries and an Opera House, as well as the development of an 80 million sq ft precinct linking Downtown Dubai to Business Bay. Mohammad Bin Rashid City will be a major new mixed-use development comprising residences, hotels, retail outlets, commercial and community space.
Atkins’ masterplan visioning provides a cohesive design at ground level which will improve connectivity and permeability for pedestrians and cyclists. The waterfront will have a distinct character with green spaces along its frontage that integrate into public spaces, thus making it accessible to other areas of the development.
Targeted development, both in terms of public space and individual buildings, will provide for a cohesive, carefully planned sustainable urban environment.
Mr. Janus Rostock
Regional Design Director
Head of Architecture & Urban Design
Janus Rostock is a Regional Design Director with over 20 years experience in Architecture.
Specializing in the visioning of complex multidisciplinary projects and masterplans, Janus’ integrated design approach delivers the highest quality sustainable and integrated design solutions. Janus has proven expertise in a wide variety of projects including The Downtown Dubai Opera House and Opera House district, Masterplanning, low rise office buildings, high rise residential towers, hotels, education, and transport. He has continued to exceed client expectations on the projects he is involved in.
Rostock has extensive international experience having been the lead concept designer on projects and master plans in the U.A.E, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan, Angola, Kenya, South Africa, Syria, Iran, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
He was a founding member of The Danish Green Building Council and a member of The Academic Architects , National Association of Danish Architects, The Danish Building Society Group (BS-1), The Danish Management Society (VL-94) MENA and has previously also been a member of the Institute for Corporate Governance IS9.