Woods Bagot will redesign a 4-star beach resort to be called Ocean View Hotel in Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk, Dubai.
The firm has been appointed by new owners, Jebel Ali International Hotels, to undertake the design services. The project is expected to be completed by November 2012.
“For inspiration we related to Dubai’s more recent recognition as a centre of excellence in industry and compared it with the ‘industrial age’ and the coinciding art nouveau period in Europe,” said Nadine Watson, interior design leader public areas, Woods Bagot.
“This period witnessed a strong combination of elegant designs and brave engineering, resulting in some of the most admired structures and buildings to this day.
“The image of New York’s high rise construction workers sitting on a girder in mid-air sparked the original concept of how to reference the industrial age, whilst bringing it forward into the present.”
Key design features include the introduction of new elements to the hotel podium facade that will enable the building to relate to neighbouring developments and create a point of difference. These elements are most prominent in the hotel entrance with the theme infused throughout all areas.
The design will draw upon materials, colours and patterns that reflect the robustness of industrial works and relate to the maritime location.
The project team leaders are Alf Seeling, design director; Nadine Watson, interior design; Steven Velegrinis, landscape and urban design; Priya Mrinal, project leader and coordinator and Cecilia Clason; furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E) for guest rooms and related areas.