UAE - CRTKL, the global cultural agency specialising in architecture, planning and design, has been named the winner of the Best International Architecture Multiple Residence award by the International Property Awards (IPA) for its Central Park at City Walk project in the heart of Dubai.

Established in 1994, the IPA is widely regarded as one of the most important and respected awards in the property industry and is open to developers, builders, architects, interior designers, and other professionals from around the world.

The awards, which cover a wide range of categories, including residential, commercial, and leisure properties, as well as interior design and architecture, will be presented in London.

Central Park at City Walk, an exclusive residential neighbourhood which surrounds a 40,000 sq m private park in the heart of Dubai, has been developed by UAE-based Meraas.

Draped in plants and flowers suspended in hanging baskets from balcony edges, Central Park is an inspired solution that delivers green and health inner-city living.

For every resident at Central Park, there is more open green space, for every family more opportunities for outdoor play, and for every hybrid worker more amenities to support new ways of working.

CRTKL won the top accolade for converting a ‘park surrounded by buildings’ into a true ‘park living experience’ in the heart of Dubai, which improves the quality of air, increases clean energy contributions, and preserves natural resources, all while fostering real economic growth and social development.

In collaboration with Meraas, CRTKL challenged the site’s potential and went about creating a lifestyle ecosystem rooted in wellbeing where residents are connected with the natural surrounds and each other, said its top official.

"We wanted to create a community that boosts wellness and adds value to its city by creating a new public park, its residents by maximizing their exposure and access to green space, and its developer by maximising the units with park views and improving returns on investment," explained Obada Adra, the Associate Principal at CRTKL.

"At Central Park we prioritised the residents and sought out design innovations that would enhance their quality of life and enrich their day-to-day. For us, this was an opportunity to prove the impact of performance driven design and showcase how ESG can be a value driver for real estate," he added.

According to him, CRTKL created an algorithm that qualitatively assessed views from every apartment and assigned a score to the overall masterplan massing.

From there, the team eliminated the compromised masses and raised the buildings on pilotis to elevate them from the ground plane and connected the podiums with the park.

"The result increases the park area by 50%, provides residents with direct park access and increases the number of units with park views from 25% to 63%," he stated.

"We are proud to see Central Park delivering on the climate positive, equitable and inspiring future we envisage for the built environment and grateful to the IPA and our clients for supporting these pursuits," he added.

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