Dubai , UAE
Situated on a small triangular plot in Dubai’s Cultural Village, this 80-room project presented several planning challenges for Lacasa’s design team. The plot was too tight to introduce a ramp, so a lift was required to accommodate vehicles. With one elevation facing the waterfront, the façades harmonize with the culturally important surroundings by using common materials such as stone and wood. In order to provide a comfortable and environmentally-efficient environment in a heritage area, the elevations introduce shade and refrain from extensive curtain walls.
Creating a contemporary vernacular style, Lacasa used the traditional mashrabiya as a main feature to demark the entrance and provide a balcony for three rooms. The rooftop is activated, to make use of views over the heritage area, and features landscaping, an infinity pool and space for a restaurant terrace. In order to draw light into the heart of the small building, an internal atrium runs from the roof to ground level.