Dutch architect firm Zwarts & Jansma Architects have won the competition to design the new headquarters of the Road & Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai. RTA HQ will be built on an artificial lake on Marrakech Road in the Al Garhoud area, adjacent to the Business Bay Bridge and neighbouring the new interchange of Rabat Road.
RTA HQ will stand as a watchtower overlooking a landscape of infrastructure embedded by the natural beauty of the Dubai Creek and the green zone of Festival City. The crossing of waterways, highways and subways has been a key-factor in the development of both the architectural concept and the landscaping. The building is designed as a huge canvas of glass crystal embellished with Venetian blinds. The angular surfaces of the building further accentuate the sharp structure. The reflection of sunlight changes the appearance of the facades during the day. The façade facing the Business Bay Bridge will be covered with a grid of LED-lights: a ‘billboard’ showing images, animations or information to the flow of traffic crossing the creek.
During office hours, different features will make the water swirl and turn, in the evening the surface will become quiet. The light-effects then take over, reflecting the building and the city’s traffic. The level of the lake is slightly above that of the surrounding area. Underneath it are a publicly accessible exposition space and a congress facility.