Dubai-based interior design consultancy, LXA, has completed atrium and VIP areas of La Perle, the upcoming aquatic theatre show by Franco Dragone, set to open on 31 August.
Envisioned as the dining and entertainment epicentre of Al Habtoor City, the integrated development is the largest single-phase development in the Middle East, within which LXA has designed the areas and the main lobby space associated with the theatre, as well as traditional British pub, the Rose & Crown.
The multi-use complex features an extravagant state-of-the-art aqua theatre that uses 2.7 million litres of water to create a stunning and visually captivating experience, both above and below stage level.
LXA design team worked to understand how to best utilise the mezzanine level to service as concessions, merchandise retail and WC facilities, as well as being the primary entrance to the show.
David Rooney, design director at LXA comments: “Working with the creative team at Franco Dragone provided an amazing insight into the world of performance theatre. The project is totally unique and we’re delighted to have partnered with the Habtoor Group and Franco from onset to completion.”
Acoustics and lighting were also studied in detail to add critical components to the design important. It was hoped that the lobby would be a vibrant bustling space when active, but also feel intimate when at low occupancy. For lighting, accent and feature lighting were important as it was vital to the concept that the main ceiling was mainly free of lighting. All lighting is located at the perimeter, leaving an uninterrupted expanse of black ceiling.
“Since there are no interval breaks during the show, the lobby space had to be spacious in order to accommodate the incredibly high footfall at the beginning and end of the show. It also had to be intuitive, in terms of wayfinding, so guests can be directed to the mezzanine level via the staircase or escalators. The elevators were deliberately tucked away at the back to ensure minimal queuing and maximum flow,” adds Karen Konsal, associate director at LXA.
The LED screens were another important feature of the lobby, the large rear screens draw attention to the ticketing booth, while the moving LED screens add to the dynamism of the space, heightening awareness and anticipation for the show.