OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International

OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International
Jul 29, 2011 Andalusian architecture turns up the heat in the desert
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OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International_01 For the interior design of this property, Kerzner and his team of decision-makers tapped into the talents of local firm WA International. They stunned their client with interiors that are truly unlike any other in Dubai, giving the jaded local population a unique new spot to frequent. "We found that Dubai had contemporary business hotels and heavily themed Arabian-styled hotels, but we wanted to create something a little different, a unique destination retreat," explains WA associate Helen Skea. "We sought to fill the gap and create a design that was a contemporary take on Andalusian architecture, simplifying the traditional detailing and using pure forms with contemporary finishes throughout the interior. The entire design is unified, and we played with recurring stylized floral motifs in different scales and materials."
OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International_02 This is immediately apparent upon entering the reception lobby. The tall arched colonnade is simple and pure in form with intricately carved fretwork incorporated in the design. The design for this space relies on the integrity of pure materials, such as acid-etched glass Azul Macuba. Combined with a fresh color palette of blue, white, and beige hues, the lobby clearly veers from Dubai's tradition of Arabian-inspired resort design. The adjacent lobby lounge repeats the recurring Arabesque floral motif in fretwork, fabrics, and deeply carved carpets.
OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International_03 The adjacent lobby lounge repeats the recurring Arabesque floral motif in fretwork, fabrics, and deeply carved carpets.
OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International_04 There are several dining options at the resort, but the most spectacular is Stay, a signature restaurant by three Michelin Star chef Yannick Alléno. The drama begins the moment guests walk through the intricately embossed bronze metallic doors. The entrance vestibule is flanked by black backlit glass with an overscaled motif. This plays off the extravagant light, which is made up of hundreds of shimmering crystal pieces. Inside, sinuous forms and deep hues add a sense of mystery and luxury.
OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International_05 "This interior has been created with classical French elements, such as the traditional chandeliers, that we oversized. The use of highly polished Macassar ebony on the wall paneling and a monochromatic palette of black lacquered furniture offset with accents of rich burgundy adds up to a delicious decadent dining experience. We added warmth to the St. Laurent marble flooring by introducing a custom designed rug," explains Skea.
OneOnly, The Palm, Dubai, Designed by WA International_06 The property also boasts a spa and a sprawling pool with custom deep blue tile work by John Galloway of 40 North. This pool offers the ideal canvas to reflect the architecture of the property, which was expertly executed by DSA Architects International.