The brief was to create a casual and vibrant café in between the Lobby & All Day Dining Space at the newly constructed Holiday Inn in Dubai Festival City. As a transition space between these two areas, it was important that the café had its own identity while seamlessly connecting the two adjoining spaces. As the building was well into construction and all necessary authority approvals had been obtained, any changes/additions to the ceiling/MEP had to be minimally invasive. The new design of the café was to equally satisfy grab & go customers as well as dine in customers, therefore a range of FF&E was required. A playful selection of FF&E make each experience a different one, with dining as well as lounge seating available. A mix of eclectic lighting & accessories add another layer of casual & relatable design.
As full height gypsum partitions were not an option, a combination of rope screens, Semi Open Timber shelves filled with eclectic accessories and plants were used as dividers between spaces and to create privacy between the different users. Additional planter boxes with pendants create yet another visual separation while still giving you a glimpse of the activity on the other side. Inspired by the neutral finishes in the surroundings, we chose natural materials, like wood inlaid in concrete on the floor and rope screens as the base undertones of the space. A splash of colour was added to the feature timber finish along the bar front.
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