From the last floor of the tallest hotel in the world — reaching as high as the Eiffel Tower — Dubai’s Burj Al Arab flaunts views of the sea with its artificial islands of Palm Jumeirah and The World, where everything is more beautiful, more expensive and more innovative.
Not able to count on oil like the nearby Abu Dhabi, the Emirati city’s economy opted for a tourism founded on innovation, technology, luxury and design that’s now become a trademark of the metropolis attracting visitors from around the world.
In 2016, 17 years after the official inauguration of the Burj Al Arab (opening on December 1, 1999), the famous sail soaring over the sea designed by British architect Tom Wright and furnished by over 150 international interior designers welcomed the Burj Al Arab terrace. Spanning over 10,000 square meters, the space features a 600 square meter pool, an 828 square meter saltwater infinity pool, a beach, covered lounges and a restaurant. The terrace, pieced together with a collaboration between Kudos Design and Finnish developer Admares, reflects the sailing theme and the shadow cast by the Burj Al Arab, creating a sort of tropical island with both shaded and sunny areas.
Connected to the Burj Al Arab by a walkway that continues with an internal path, the terrace accompanies guests towards the sea and towards the sunset, to be enjoyed poolside or from the private cabins that surround it.
“A turnkey oasis,” Admares called it, completing most of the design and construction in Finland to then be shipped in sections to Dubai for assembly and final installation.
“We’re immensely proud of this project,” commented Admares CEO Mikael Hedberg. “It gave us the opportunity to create a unique structure that could be installed in its final location with very little disruption to hotel guests and marine life and in a remarkably short time frame. It’s an impressive feat of engineering: the off-site fabrication in Finland and subsequent installation in Dubai makes it the biggest-ever undertaking of its kind in the world.”
It’s an international endeavor flaunting Made in Italy design, where numerous Italian brands were selected by architects to realize this resort on the water, beginning with those who produce materials: floors and claddings that unite aesthetics, versatility, and performance in collections capable of making the difference in both indoor and outdoor projects. Among these, a special role is played by Florim stoneware with a wood, stone, and marble effect, covering the floors outside and in the Scape restaurant, paired to the Hug armchairs designed by Enzo Berti for Bros.
Chromatic tones range between earthy shades and white, chosen by the architects to underscore the colors of the water that surrounds the island and the green plants inside, which are reflected in glass surfaces. Moving within this “scene” is to enjoy a visual experience that, thanks to the materiality of the design, engages all the senses. The result is a spectacular project that creatively fuses both nature and artifice.