Designed with SOM, London as Studio Head / Senior Designer
60,000 m² (645,770 ft²)
16 storeys, 60m tall
330 Hotel Rooms, 260 Serviced Apartments
The competition winning entry for the Ritz Carlton Hotel & Serviced Apartments in Dubai developed the DIFC Masterplan to accommodate the mixed-use programme. A strong curvilinear geometry, improves the connectivity of the hotel programme, increases the proportion of green space and enhances the aspect and views from the apartments, creating an integrated complex of luxurious spaces. The curvilinear form is designed as a pure geometry responding to the spirit of the masterplan and maintaining the key axial connections.
Central to the understanding of the masterplan is the dramatic change in level between the streetscape and upper promenade establishing a 4 level podium. The scale of the podium is stepped down and setback to the road, achieving an integration of the design into the urban fabric with additional landscaped courtyards and terracing enhancing an otherwise austere public realm.
Three elevational concepts are designed to offer a choice of architectural expression for the buildings, each responding to the local climate. A stone option provides a monumental quality defining the curvilinear geometry with a delicate pattern of punched openings angled to reduce sun exposure. A perforated lattice screen curving in 3-dimensions offers an iconic contemporary response to Islamic mashrabiya and geometry and a third curtain wall option combines glass fins, overhangs and solid metal panels to provide a woven aesthetic that also allows for the advantages of unitised construction.