Client: Durrat Khaleej Al Bahrain
Type: Residential, Commercial, Leisure Masterplan
Site: 20 km²
Status: Built, Ongoing
Durrat Al Bahrain is a sustainable residential, commercial and leisure resort, a necklace of pearls suspended from the southeast shoreline of Bahrain. Providing a water based island lifestyle, the 20 square kilometre masterplan comprises a broad arc of six man made atoll shaped islands, each with an exclusive community of 172 villas that have either individual moorings or private beaches.
Slender bridges link the atolls to an inner ring of five petal shaped islands each of which has a 1.5 km waterfront with moorings and serving as neighbourhood hubs with community facilities and a shared beach of white sand. On the shore side of the development linked by the bridge are two crescent shaped promontories with shops, cafes, leisure facilities and 2,000 apartments, all with far reaching sea views across the development.
From an early stage a hydrodynamic study to analyse the effect of the islands on the ecology of the area guided their development. The study also examined water flushing of the atoll beaches helping to reduce and control potentially strong current flows between the islands at spring tides.
* Designed by Wright, Khennouchi and Kuruvilla whilst working at Atkins