An exciting challenge to take Fendi as a brand and develop it into an architectural identity, and a spatial experience. Fendi is a brand intimately connected to Rome, and the proposals have sought to create a contemporary interpretation of roman form and material. 

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Project Details


DATE: 2015

CLIENT: Meraas/ Fendi

STATUS: Concept Design

SIZE: 125,000m² (hotel 40,000m², residences 67,000m², parking and services 17,000m²)

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ACME: George Barer, Angel Barreno Gutiérrez, Xavier Bas, Michel Bosauder, Mark Broom, Monica Capitanio, Cristina Carbajo de Barrio, Molly Hibberd, Lizy Huygh, Helen Lee, Elena Lledó Palomo, Eduardo López Solórzano, Friedrich Ludewig, Frederic Meurisse, Edoardo Milli, Marie Isabel de Monseignat, Dirk Mueller, Roberta Pari, Iria de la Peña, Charles Pigott, David Rieser, Aemilia Ross, Luis Sacristan, Heidrun Schuhmann, Gemma Serra, Penny Sperbund, Ondrej Tichy, Naiara Vegara


AKTII - Structural Engineers; Hoare Lea 

MEP, Acoustic, Sustainability; Grant Associates 

Landscape; Waterman 

Highways; Waterman 

Environmental; George Sexton Associates 

Lighting; JGA 

Fire ; AHR 

Cinema Architects; MTDRC 

Interior; Scott Brownrigg 

Interior; MOLA 

Archaeology; RWDI 

Wind; David Dexter Associates 

Bridge Engineers; Brian Bulfin Associates 

CDM; Barton Willmore 

Planning; Sweett Group (now Currie & Brown) 

QS; Gleeds Project management

Fendi was founded in Rome in 1925 as a fur and leather store, and has branched out into other parts of luxury fashion over the years. Karl Lagerfeld joined the house in 1965 and under his direction Fendi has become known for material experimentation, using traditional garments and furs in new, unexpected and ironic ways. Fendi’s headquarters is Mussolini’s Palazzo della Civiltà, in Rome. 

Fendi has decided to create the first Fendi Hotel, to be located in Citywalk, the only walkable urban district in Dubai, located close to Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai. The chosen site forms the edge for a major new landscaped park at the heart of Citywalk. 

Nine buildings form the two wings of the development, defining the park edge and accommodating the Fendi residences and penthouses. The Fendi hotel at the centre is a slender tower clad in travertine arches, with a podium for restaurants and conferences and a three level roman spa reminiscent of the imperial thermal baths of Rome. Each floor of the tower contains a maximum of ten hotel rooms per floor, with sweeping park views from each room. Room finishes include handset marble terrazzo flooring, travertine walls and simple vaulted ceilings

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