Hong Kong-based LWK + PARTNERS’s Dubai studio has been named the lead architect of DIFC Living and Innovation Two, the first mixed-use development in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). 

The project, featuring more than 170 upscale residences, broke ground in November 2022 and is expected to be completed by 2025, the architecture firm said in a statement.

DIFC Living and Innovation Two is a crucial component of phase three of the DIFC Innovation Hub.

LWK + PARTNERS’ Dubai studio team devised creative and innovative solutions to facilitate multiple access points that prioritise security without hindering the connectivity and flow of the existing DIFC master plan.

“DIFC Living and Innovation Two will emphasis on sustainable design and high-quality amenities that will set the benchmark for integration across the GCC,” said Kerem Cengiz, MENA Managing Director of LWK + PARTNERS.

Saleh Al Akrabi, Chief Real Estate Officer at DIFC, said that the development will provide high-quality amenities and an exceptional urban living experience in a setting primed for success.  

The project comprises 144,155 square feet of offices and co-working spaces and an additional 38,303 square feet of retail.  

The twisted cube at the top of the tower, like a lantern, will define the new destination and will become a landmark for the Dubai skyline. 

The statement said the concept of sustainability is embedded in the building design, with environmental impact measurement in place throughout every phase of construction and post-handover.

The completion of the DIFC Living and Innovation Two is crucial for sustainable landscape changes as the emirate prepares to host COP28 in November 2023. 

(Editing by Seban Scaria seban.scaria@lseg.com )