The Dubai Water Canal is a new waterway winding its way from the Creek to the Arabian Gulf. The canal was completed in 2016, enabling the construction of new buildings on both sides. The proposals for a luxury hotel and a residential building are situated between the new canal and the existing Safa Park. 


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Project Details


DATE: 2016-2017

CLIENT: Meraas

STATUS: Developed Design

SIZE: 26,200 m2 (hotel with 56 suites, residential with 45 apartments and 6 penthouses)

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ACME: Alia Centofanti, Patrick Elborough, Christoph Emenlauer, Joshua Harrex, Katrina Hollis, Eduardo Lopez Solorzano, Alvaro Madrazo, Eleni Meladaki, Edoardo Milli, Charles Pigott, Azizah Sulor, Jack Taylor, Antonio Torres Tebar, Lisa Wolf, Allan Yeo


Structure, MEP, landscape and project management: SSH Dubai

FLS: Vortex

Vertical Transportation: RBA

Interior Design: Anoushka Hempel (Concept Design) and 1508 (Concept and Schematic Design) 

Waste Management: AESG

Wayfinding: Endpoint

Lighting: Nulty

Spa: The Wellness 

Landscape: Aperture Studio

The two buildings accommodate a Boutique Hotel and private Residences, providing the highest level of privacy and a unique level of discrete service. Regency and Victorian private members clubs in London served as a reference for both the spatial sequencing of the spaces and the external and internal appearance.

The stepped stone fins of the façade vary in depths and orientation in response to differing internal uses. An outer layer of stepped reconstituted stone profiles create privacy and shade spacious balconies for each room. The inner layer with bronze cladding and sliding doors creates external urban rooms with unparalleled views across the city. Skygardens have been inserted into the centre of each building to create a space offering views towards the canal in the north and the park in the south. A private walled garden sits between the two buildings, offering retreat and seclusion from the context, while restaurants and cafés provide an active urban edge to the pedestrian promenade along the new canal.

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