A fresh approach at beachfront hospitality by the french architectural firmAll images, plans and information courtesy of Ateliers Jean Nouvel; © by Ateliers Jean Nouvel, refer to credits at the end of the article for more details
Ateliers Jean Nouvel have provided us with extensive material on their design for the W Hotel in Dubai. We share it with you on desMena.
The hotel is conceived as an extension of the corniche promenade. Like a dock, it is set into, and becomes a part of, Dubai creek according to a principle of horizontal platforms in relationship with the water. This building appears as a series of wooden platforms that deploying themselves vertically from the promenade deck up through the hotel room floors to the roof.
The building can be read as a great sailing ship with its bridges and decks, wrapped on the outside in layers of vegetation which extend the surrounding park up onto the building.
The principal hotel wing reaches out over the water, creating a protected space sheltered from the hot desert wind and allowing outdoor activities to develop around the quayside- public promenade, pontoons, restaurants, bars – organized around water and boats.
The architectural vocabulary is linked to boats, sails, and water, and carries an idea of luxury and preciousness that pervades the building inside and out, blurring the line between interior and exterior.
ARCHITECTS : Ateliers JEAN NOUVEL
10, cité d’Angoulême
nov 2005-2006: concept design
Dubai Festival City
Operator : W Hotels Worldwide
Structure : ARUP
Facade : RFR
Mechanical : Transsolar
Maritime : Mouchel Parkman
QS : TTS
PROJECT ARCHITECT :
Associate : Hala Warde
Interior design director : Sabrina Letourneur
Project director: Xavier Leplaë (Architecture), Denis Laurent (interior design)
Alain Gvozdenovic, Laetitia Leinartz, Didier Lobjois, Anthony Pascual, Nobuo Yoshida
Emma Blanc, Remy Turquin
CONTRACT TYPE :
Hôtel international de 350 chambres et appartements de service; inclut piscine, spa, boîte de nuit, commerces, restaurants, etc..
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