The Makers District

A vibrant hub responding to the rise of the “maker movement”, the Makers District is set to become one of Abu Dhabi’s most iconic communities
The Makers District is a mixed-use development designed as a waterfront community that cultivates creativity through residential, hospitality, commercial and retail space.
Ramboll provided lead consultancy and design, supervision, and management services over a three-year period for the first phase of the Makers District in Abu Dhabi, collaborating with international architects BIG and MVRDV. The 18-hectare mixed-use development aims to foster creativity of its residents through the designed spaces.
The first phase comprises 13 mixed buildings ranging from mid to high rise with a maximum of 24 storeys with a built up area of approximately 390,000 square metres, including 11,000 square metres of retail space and over 1,000 residential units.
Supporting sustainability of buildings
Environmental services included the preparation of waste management strategies for 10 mixed-use buildings and the public realm, aligning with Estidama guidelines to achieve a 1 Pearl rating. This rating signifies adherence to sustainability principles for construction and operation of buildings.
Creating a community vision
The Makers District aims to become a landmark community in Abu Dhabi, responding to the artistic maker, which is a global social movement with an artisan spirit, while promoting sustainability practices. Key objective of this project is meeting the sustainability standards set by Abu Dhabi's 2030 Plan through the Estidama initiative.
A holistic approach to development
Ramboll emphasises the physical, social, and cultural dimensions alongside enhancing liveability aspects of the project. Sustainability strategies and technologies are employed to reduce energy consumption, ensuring compliance with carbon reduction targets, and helping create an environmentally sound development that thrives over its lifetime.