Armani Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Thursday 24 Jan 2013
Armani Hotel Dubai is the world's first hotel designed and developed by Giorgio Armani. Located inside the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, the hotel is the realisation of the designer's long-held dream to bring his sophisticated style to life in the most complete way and through the "Stay with Armani" philosophy. Renowned international interior architectural design firm, Wilson Associates came on board to collaborate with Mr. Armani, the absolute designer, to make sure every detail of the design revealed the Armani signature. Upon entry into the hotel the guest is overcome by the design goal of discreet minimal opulence. Mr. Armani's approach and guidance was as detailed as his approach to a couture garment. The lobby, nestled between three glass pavilions at the base of the tower, reveals a cool, obscure ambience dominated by a tubular arch construction overhead. Each public space reveals a slow dance of exquisite materials blending between shadow's textures and reflections, such as the Eramosa limestone floors, that confidentially allude to the shimmery walls. The colour scheme was creatively derived from a full Armani jacket, confidently blending beige to tan and grey to charcoal.
The luxuriously appointed 160 guest rooms and suites are located on the first 8 floors of the tower with 144 Armani designed short stay apartments positioned on above floors. The guest corridors, with their zebra panelled wood, are trimmed with LED cove lighting at the base for a sleek look of a sci-fi catwalk. The suites are completely outfitted in Armani Casa furnishings with earthly tones and textured fabrics Mr. Armani is known for. Each food and beverage venue is positioned within an aura of refined luxury, while blending traditional recipes with modern interpretations.
Overall, interpreting interior architecture with the fluidity of fabrics was a challenge within the constraints of the construction methodology. The end result revealed a project committed to extraordinary detail, true luxury, perfection and excellence set to create a new standard for the future of luxury hospitality projects. It was a privilege and an honour for Wilson Associates to be part of this astonishing collaborative creative process set with challenges of meeting a vision seen only through one man's eyes.