Located in Dubai’s industrial zone, this project reuses an abandoned nail factory to create low-cost work spaces for creative and cultural small businesses. The brick built structure with two steel mezzanines is little changed apart from a new environmentally-responsive roof, and materials used internally are recycled where possible. MDF partitions create flexible, ergonomically sound workspaces for 36 tenants. Shared facilities include a cinema, library and restaurant, and an events programme fosters networking and community. Scholarships support young talent and fund-raising drives benefit poor labourers in the area. Shelter has attracted other organisations with common goals to this marginal area of Dubai.