Hotel Atlantic

Dubai, United Arab Emirates / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture


Hotel Atlantic was designed for a site in Dubai as a unique, contemporary interpretation of a world-class resort destination. The complex provides a unique vision for a technologically-advanced resort that will dazzle visitors while still offering the best in comfort, style, and luxury. The complex’s design is based on a linear composition of two buildings sited parallel to the beach, with the 35-story residential tower to the east and the 35-story hotel tower to the west, offering unique views from all rooms.

A main feature of the towers is a canopy veil that frames the buildings, extending off the towers by 10 meters on each side. The canopy unites the composition of the two towers while shading the public spaces below. The north and south canopy facades have light options that punctuate the glass at regular intervals, highlighting the canopy’s structural elements. The color of the buildings can also be changed with these lights.

A priority of the canopy design was to reduce solar heat gain while maintaining natural lighting levels and wind movement that will contribute toward creating a comfortable indoor and outdoor environment. The interior spaces are inherently sustainable through simple, cost-effective design moves and system controls that include abundant use of responsibly sourced natural materials and occupancy linked environmental controls such as interior shades and lighting.

The landscape design playfully integrates the square geometry of the building into subtle patterns of different sized squares and rectangles, which form the landscape of pools, seating, sun-bathing and green areas. Small level changes are utilized to enhance the spaces around the pools. Cabanas are located to maximize views without blocking views to and from the swimming pools.

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