Project: Bab Al Shams
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Award: Hotel & Other Overnight Accommodations, Gold, 2023
Design Practice: LW
Client: Nakheel & Kerzner International
LW was commissioned to reinvent Bab Al Shams into a contemporary and glamorous desert resort. The heritage building hadn't been renovated for almost two decades, so there were many surprises and unexpected challenges to consider.
The eclectic and contemporary Arabic theme creatively maintains much of its original heritage. The interiors blend contemporary Arabic elements and sustainable heritage. Early in the concept phase, the design team made special effort to preserve and re-purpose key furniture pieces, iconic artwork and accessories into the new design, adding to the resort's overall sustainable value and heritage.
Keeping with the Bab Al Shams sustainability concept, LW has re-used and upcycled existing pieces, including the iconic coat hangers that have been re-lacquered to complement the new colour scheme. Carefully hand-picked items in each room add quirky modernity while respecting its heritage.
Photo credit: Natelee Cocks
- FOUNDING PARTNER, ARCHITECTURE: Colin Doyle
PARTNER & DESIGN DIRECTOR, INTERIOR DESIGN: Pooja Shah-Mulani
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Shereen Hassanein
- ASSOCIATE - INTERIOR DESIGN: Jacqueline Craft
ASSOCIATE - INTERIOR DESIGN: Jesper Axel Petersen