Project: Island Villas
Description: Residential, Architecture
Location: Dubai, UAE
An exclusive waterfront location demands an architecture for its buildings that combines purity with scale, contemporary lines with a respect for light and landscape. These three villa typologies were the winning designs of a limited competition.
The Marble HouseThe Marble House takes its name from the water-polished marble that is used throughout the villa's interior and as voluminous louvres on the front upper façade. This marble blends blue shades from the ocean, creating a harmony between its contemporary angular form and the untamed sea at its edge.Water plays a significant role, with the swimming pool central to the design and a water channel running through the building, which creates a floating marble deck where the main formal living area is located. The geometry of the villa appears to expand and extend into the landscape, inviting the external to become part of the composition.
The Gallery HouseA sense of space and scale take precedence in the design of The Gallery House. A stunning gallery-like entrance hall wraps around an open central water garden courtyard. This central area separates the private family zones from the more public majlis, which enjoys spectacular beach and sea views.The light-filled stairway leads to a spacious family lounge and six bedrooms, with the two master suites enjoying recessed balconies with panoramic sea views.
The Water HouseA glass bridge placed over a water channel links this house with the street, making for an impressive entryway. The main volume of this house is divided into two with an abundance of indirect light bathing every corner of the interior. One side is dedicated to the service areas such as the industrial kitchen and the servants' quarters. On the other side is located the formal and family living rooms which are separated by a library wall;its 28-metre width opens to the infinity edge pool and offers clean views to the sea through the glass walls.The basement is also divided into two. The service area with laundry and storage is connected to the ground floor by a service staircase, while the other side of the lower ground floor is a dedicated entertainment area with a cinema room and gym overlooking the waterfalls.
On the first floor four en-suites and a master bedroom connect to a rooftop terrace that enjoys views to the sea.