Exclusive Burj Al Arab Terrace sets a new standard for luxury
Already home to some of the world’s best-known landmark buildings, Dubai can now boast another global first with the construction of a remarkable, one-of-a-kind restaurant, pool, beach and cabana space, the Burj Al Arab Terrace.
Opened to hotel guests on 26 May 2016, this stunning development complements the first-class facilities of the world renowned Jumeirah Burj Al Arab hotel and offers discerning guests the opportunity to indulge in a private resort experience that’s beyond luxurious.
The project required most of the design and construction process to be completed in Finland before the new Burj Al Arab Terrace was shipped in sections to Dubai for final assembly and installation.
‘We’re immensely proud of this project,’ commented ADMARES CEO Mikael Hedberg. ‘It gave us the opportunity to create a unique structure that could be installed in its final location with very little disruption to hotel guests and marine life and in a remarkably short time frame. It’s an impressive feat of engineering: the off-site fabrication in Finland and subsequent installation in Dubai makes it the biggest-ever undertaking of its kind in the world.’
The resort’s architectural form reflects the shapes and forms of the Burj Al Arab with the prevailing theme of a stylised tropical canopy pervading the structure throughout, offering contrasting areas of dappled light and shade, and uniting the public areas with a gentle flow that inspires tranquillity.
Glass is used extensively and creatively, from the tropical-inspired glass panels, counters and specially commissioned light installations in the beautiful interior, to the extraordinary curved glass-sided bridge offering uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab and Arabian sunsets.
To execute its initial concept, ADMARES collaborated with international architect Sigge and interior design studio, Kudos, delivering a flawless finish inside and out.
Pia Litokorpi, CEO and architect, Kudos Dsign, commented: ‘The interior treatment draws from the four elements of the oasis – earth, sun, water and life – to evoke sense of natural calm and to establish an elegant and harmonious ambience. We’re delighted with the outcome and privileged to have had the opportunity to work on such a prestigious project.’
The ground-breaking design incorporates a 612m2 freshwater pool and an 828m2 saltwater infinity pool that melts into the horizon to create the mirage of a continuous ebb of water into the Arabian Gulf. An astounding 10 million mosaic tiles in shades of azure and gold line the pools, while 1 million kg of white sand forms the pristine beach. The pools and 1,120m2 beach area sit comfortably in the marine setting and are supported by a heavy-duty steel structure.
The central walkway follows the precise outline of the slender shadow of the Burj Al Arab structure, linking both ends of the innovative 102-metre-long development and opening out at the infinity pool. It includes an elevated bridge section that spans the freshwater pool and offers panoramic sea views, making it the perfect spot for staging memorable events, performances and weddings.
The 10,000m2 luxury terrace also includes 32 private cabanas (8 of them exclusive, Royal Cabanas with far-reaching views across the Arabian Gulf) and 400 sun loungers plus the Scape Restaurant & Bar. Inside, a second level incorporates 5,000m2 of high-specification retail space, VIP areas, locker rooms, shower and other facilities, as well as technical spaces.
Pekka Mäki, CEO of Sigge Architects, comments: ‘We’ve worked before on ground-breaking architectural projects around the world, but this has been a special collaboration for us. The opportunity to work on the iconic Burj Al Arab is interesting in its own right, but what marks out the project is the level of innovation and technical ambition. It brought the best out of our team and we’re very proud of the result’
The new Burj Al Arab Terrace was successfully completed by ADMARES in just 11 months – with the majority of its construction completed in Finland and the assembly and outfitting being finished in only 12 weeks.
The steel structure alone weighs approximately 3,000 tonnes – about half the weight of the Eiffel Tower – and employed state-of-the-art technology, manufacturing and installation techniques from the marine, offshore and construction industries in its creation. This turnkey approach also had the added benefit of reducing the environmental impact usually associated with a development of this kind, leaving a minimal footprint and resulting in the establishment of an artificial reef that provides shelter for the marine life below.
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