Martin Baerschmidt was the Design Manager on this project while at HOK.

Master Architect: HOK Planning Group
Total GFA: 2,500,000 m²
Site Area : 48 hectares
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) consists of 48 Hectares of land behind the Sheikh Zayed Road towers, and opposite Emirates Towers, which has now developed into a premium development precinct and public space that houses some of the world’s most recognized banks and financial institutions. The project consists of 2,500,000 sq. m of GFA, and can accommodate 9,000 carparking spaces within 3 basements and 3 podium parking levels. The Concourse level was designed to be an elevated parkland with towers interspersed amongst it, and Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) proposals were also investigated to expedite travel within the precinct. The masterplan was conceived by Gensler on the basis of London’s Canary Wharf (Docklands) and HOK were then appointed in 2004 as Master Architect, to further develop the Masterplan, the Design Guidelines, the landscaping of the Public Realm and to review with Dubai Properties all proposals from developers. Over 30 plots exist within the development, and roads, landscaping and signage guidelines were progressed to give a uniformity and quality to the overall development. A 1.5 km long spine of retail was developed by Eric Kuhne and Associates (USA) to link all of the development.