In theory, every space should be designed with qualities that promote the health and overall well-being of its inhabitants. But these spaces have gone the extra mile to truly evaluate and comprehend the multiple dimensions of those who gather, disperse – and live- within their walls.
Artyzen Sifang, Nanjing and is one of the architectural world’s most highly-anticipated openings. The project is comprised of 22 buildings designed by nearly two dozen of the biggest names in international and Chinese architecture, among them New York architect Steven Holl, dissident artist Ai Wewei, Chinese Pritzker prize winner Wang Shu and UK-based David Adjaye.
David T’Kint af Dubai’s HBA joined this list of renowned talents when he created the bespoke interiors for a 22 key wellness boutique resort in harmony with the complex was designed by famed Italian architect, Ettore Sotsass, and his architectural practice, Sottsass Associati.
WA International created a casual contemporary interior for Drift, the Dhow racing-inspired beach club. Their captivating design reflects the essence and history of the UAE’s traditional sail boat, a symbol of the past and present.
The private beach club features a stunning infinity pool, overlooking one Kilometre of prime beachfront and lush landscaped surroundings offering panoramic views of Palm Island Bay and Dubai’s iconic skyline, Drift was created to delight the most discerning guest.
The Dhow – loved as much in the past as it is today- was the main design inspiration, layered with other aspects of the region that would give the project a sense of location using a rustic yet authentic and modern design.
For example, trap fishing nets are used as light fixtures in the restaurant, as well as the exterior Arabic mashrabia screens. However, it is the Dhow that is the main source of inspiration with historic relevance to the region, as it was used for pearl diving as well as trade, a maritime symbol of national pride.
“Zale” beach club, Kempinski Muscat
HBA Dubai had a daunting task when they created the Zale beach club at the Kempinski Muscat: it’s the the only beach club in Al Mouj.
The result was a sophisticated shorefront hotspot alive with vibrant, with luxurious surroundings that highlight its amazing location. They took their inspiration from the word ‘Zale’, which means ‘power of the sea’ in Greek. And this meaning truly becomes apparent to guests as they arrive at the beautiful stretch of sand.
With a vibrant beach club ambiance during the day and a stylish lounge restaurant by night, this venue is a new, sophisticated addition to Muscat’s nightlife, a wonderful beach hotspot with stylish decor and a lively ambiance.
View the complete list of this year’s shortlisted projects here.