AMBIGUOUS GESTALT :
Considering the present development of Dubai one can clearly see the tendency of creating buildings which compete with each other in terms of iconicity. In a few decades the density will increase and the outstanding buildings will lose their original meaning as iconicity becomes the norm. This “iconic jungle” impairs the readability in terms of orientation by not being able to marking out city-centers. This means that Dubai needs an urbanistic approach rather than an architectural one to obtain the same characteristics of centers in a compressed field of high-rises.What we call the “volumetric master plan” is a ambiguous gestalt answer to this field of high-rises in Dubai. Accepting a high density of skyscrapers, our parametric masterplan approach deals with achieving different urban qualities. Instead of changing heights, we reshape the silhouette of the buildings in order to have them be perceived as lower than the actual size. This variation in height produces a totally different perception of the building from the inside than from the outside, which creates a multitude of urban qualities. The “cleaning” of the perspectival canvas enables specific building-peaks to appear out of the “dead sector”. In respect to phenomenal transparency those peaks do not pretend to be an architectural icon, rather than indicate particular urban extremes within the field. The volumetric master plan hosts many atmospheres side by side – unlike the most common contemporary ones – as each side of a block has the ability to appear different from the other side. These simultaneities testify the multiplicity within a highly compressed high rise structure.