While Dariush Zandi has been consulting for major development projects, his heart lies with ones that involve and focus on preservation and working with nature, environment, history and traditional issues. The Courtyard building in Dubai, where he is based at, is one such example, and is the home to the two entities he has founded, Total Arts and Total Design.
COURTYARD CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY CENTER, DUBAI, 1996-1998
Design and project manager and developer, for the construction of a 70,000 sqft commercial complex. This landmark's design contrasts distinctive exterior features with the warm, artistic feel of the offices, retail spaces, artist workshops, and studios. The center has been instrumental in transforming the Al Quoz neighborhood into an artistic and cultural hub.
The Courtyard's concept was to create a viable multidisciplinary community center, which could house a variety of functions, exhibitions and cultural activities in a city with many different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. It was created to be a place for people to meet, interact and learn about each other while engaging in art and culture. The efforts to make the Courtyard green and colorful were enjoyed and appreciated by all involved.
MIRDIF RESIDENTIAL COMPLEX, DUBAI, 1996-1997
Designer and contractor for a set of private villas, incorporating the layout of indigenous architecture, at the edge of the desert. The project was completed with the assistance of architects Mr. Farrokh Frank Sabouri and Mr. Jamali. The concept was to create a house which revolved around a courtyard. When drawing the plan, note was taken of the direction of sunrise and sunset in relation to the house, to optimize the use of natural light. Traditional elements were also used with a great deal of care. Balconies and roof gardens are very practical and people can stand on the balcony or in the veranda and face the open desert, people can also climb onto the roof garden to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the vast stretches of sand. In the garden, a gazebo creates a nice nook for residents to sit during the warm and cool months. The colors are vividly contrasting, especially those on the doors. The buildings must be colorful to balance the landscape.
Designed a private house with a farm, incorporating the surrounding nature, in a mountain village. Effort was made to make the designing process very simple and straightforward by approaching the route of being indigenous, climatically suitable, environmentally and geographically sustainable. Respect was given to building with the environment, which means understanding about the climate, the orientation of the land and the natural elements.
DUBAI PROMENADE, FOR NAKHEEL, DUBAI, 2005-2006
Architect and urban designer with Gruzen Samton of New York City, for six residential towers around a Central Park, North/Marina Towers 1.3 million SF, South/Beach Towers 1.6 million SF. Six residential towers arrayed around a Central Park, integrating with the ceremonial access to the proposed hotel complex at the tip of the peninsula. North Towers, otherwise known as Marina Towers have their distinct character, responding to the marina promenade. South Towers, otherwise known as Beach Towers are composed of slender, narrow profile maximizing views and ventilation.
PALM JUMEIRAH FRONDS VILLAS, FOR NAKHEEL, DUBAI, 2007-2008
Designer for clusters of four luxury signature villas for several of Palm Jumeirah fronds using the traditional Arabic architectural style, with gardens and swimming pools.
VILLA IN JEBEL ALI, DUBAI, 2018
Designed a 3 bedroom private villa with a total built up floor area of 7,700 sqft in the Jebel Ali area of Dubai with the assistance of K.Enayati. There are swimming pool facilities and a two car garage and other related amenities. The villa is under construction.
VILLA IN KHAWANEEJ, DUBAI, 2018
Designed a set of three 4 bedroom private villas in the Khawaneej area of Dubai with the assistance of K.Enayati. This is a set of three villas for one family. There is a three villa future extension for the same family. Each villa has a swimming pool and related amenities.
VILLA IN JUMEIRAH, DUBAI, 2018
Designed a three story, 4 bedroom private villa in the Jumeirah area of Dubai with the assistance of K.Enayati. The villa was completely remodeled. It was designed for two families with a total area of 9,000 sqft. There is an indoor gym and a roof garden on the third floor.
MOSQUE, DUBAI, 2018
Redesigned a mosque and its related facilities in Dubai with the assistance of K.Enayati, based on the existing briefs and designs presented by the client.
AL KHAZZAN WATER TOWER AND PARK, FOR DUBAI MUNICIPALITY, DUBAI, 1983
Designed the 40 meter high Al Khazzan water tower and the original park as the senior architect and town planner for Dubai Municipality. The tower was once one of the tallest structures in Dubai. The original park was one of the few communal parks in Dubai at the time. A green haven for social interaction and relaxation, the park added life and vibrancy to the urban environment of Satwa. The water tower was commissioned out of necessity, as the area required an elevated water tank for pressure and supply. The structure's form and details derive inspiration from traditional Islamic motifs. Being a public space, it provides residents with a strong sense of community and nurtures their feeling of belonging, benefiting in the city's evolution. This is also reflected on tourists as well. Therefore, public spaces are an identity for culture, and the country's image. In 2015, the park was renovated by Emirati brothers, urbanists Ahmad and Rashid bin Shabib.