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Our "TOWER HOUSE" Project in Dubai for the International Competition House of the Future

The Tower House is a beacon of architectural innovation and creativity, inviting MBA Architects to weave their ideals into the built environment. Following a vision of harmony and functionality, we set out to reimagine spaces and push the frontiers of design as competitors in this prestigious competition.

Figure 1 : Tower House Render, 3D Model and Elevations.


Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai . Dubai Government launched House of the Future competition for ambitious architects and designers from around the world to design a highly-affordable, expandable, revolutionary, innovative, aesthetically-pleasing house suited for modern Emirati needs.

Figure 2 : Advertising image from the competition website.


The investigation of impermanence—a joy of the transitory moments that characterise our existence—lays the foundation of our submission. A dance between shape and void, light and shadow, and the fleeting essence of time itself is reflected in the design. The structure is envisioned as a living entity, evolving, and adapting to the ever-shifting rhythms of life, inviting occupants to engage with the ephemerality of their surroundings.

Conceptually, the design draws inspiration from the Emirati culture and geography, adapting the extreme weather of Dubai where the average temperature is always above 30 degrees all year around. At the heart of our submission is the eco-tower—a delicate natural system to ventilate the airflow within the House. This 12-meter shaft with rectangular openings is placed in the center of the House ejecting hot air out of the House.

Figure 3 : Structural panel shows passive cooling system.


Materials are chosen locally for their ability to weather gracefully, acquiring a patina that tells the story of time.

The Breeze Block pattern is made of coral stone units to receive natural light but also avoid the penetration of sunlight by blocking most of the UV rays. The architecture is a harmonious blend of simplicity and complexity, evoking a sense of serene sophistication that resonates with the essence of the competition theme.


Our design is rooted in the belief that architecture should not only fulfill its utilitarian purpose but also elevate the human experience. The project envisions a space that seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, blurring the lines between the built and natural environment.


Video of The Tower House ©2023 Created by Jason Luu _ MBA Architects , all rights reserved.


A sustainable ethos underpins every facet of the design, from energy-efficient features to the use of eco-friendly materials and solar energy, reflecting a commitment to responsible architecture.

Functionality is paramount in our design philosophy. Each element of spatial coordination serves a purpose, contributing to a holistic and efficient use of space. The layout facilitates a fluid and intuitive circulation, fostering a sense of connectivity and accessibility.

The Tower House is resided on a 15m by 30m plot site. On the ground floor, the building is private and semi-private combining dwelling space, office Majis and play area for social purposes, with privacy from the rest of the villa and accommodation for a driver and a maid. The entire first floor is reserved for private purposes only, which has 3 bedrooms and 1 master bedroom with a private bathroom. Opening to the front garden is a swimming pool and gathering space is transferred to the rooftop garden serving for family members and visiting guests.


Figure 4: Programmatic plans.


In conclusion, the Tower House has been a transformative experience, pushing the boundaries of our creativity and challenging us to think beyond conventional norms. Our submission is a testament to the power of architecture to shape experiences, evoke emotions, and leave a lasting impact on the community it serves.



Design Project by MBA Architects Team's / Arch. Matteo Borsetti + Duc Chi Luu © 2023




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