Apple Dubai Mall With One of the Largest Kinetic Art Installations in the World Opens to Visitors

 

Apple Dubai Mall is reinventing the traditional introverted idea of mall-based retail as a more outward looking experience that engages with the spectacle of urban life. Its design is a highly innovative response to the culture and climate of the Emirates, while also demonstrating Apple’s pioneering ambition to create inspirational civic spaces for all.
 
Located in Dubai Mall – one of the most visited urban centres in the world, attracting over 80 million visitors every year since  2014 – the new Apple Dubai Mall occupies the most pivotal position in the city, alongside the iconic Burj Khalifa and overlooking the famous Dubai Fountains. Spanning over two floors, it embraces the theatre of the fountains with a sweeping 186-foot (56.6 metre) wide and 18-foot (5.5 metre) deep terrace – a first for any Apple Store – with unparalleled views of the spectacular setting and the incredible choreographed display.

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Beirut Terraces by Herzog and DeMeuron | Architecture

 

 

A project we have been monitoring for some time now, Beirut Terraces by the world renowned architects Herzog & DeMeuron, is finally completed. The project was initiated in 2009. More details below:

Description by the architects:

The city of Beirut lies in the heart of the developing Middle East. Having always been a cosmopolitan city, it is a focal point of the region as a cultural and geographical link between Europe and the Middle East. The history of Beirut could hardly be more diverse; remains of Phoenician, Roman, Mamluk, Ottoman and Colonial rule have shaped the city and its buildings. The design of Beirut Terraces was quite literally influenced by the layers of the city’s rich and tumultuous history.It is a history now also marked by inescapable traces of an eventful present. For generations to come, the people of Beirut will remember the assassination in 2005 of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, when a car bomb detonated in front of St. Georges Hotel. The resultant devastation is still visible as a daily reminder. Despite a scarred history, there is a clear vision to rehabilitate the area, with a master plan well under way that aims to rebuild and revitalise this part of Beirut. The site of Beirut Terraces is in a portion of the master plan dedicated to office and residential high-rise buildings, in the vicinity of a new yacht marina.

 

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Marcel Wanders Designs the New Mondrian in Doha | Hospitality

 

And he’s back. One of my favorite designers , Marcel Wanders, designed the latest addition to the Mondrian hotels, the Mondrian Doha in Qatar.

 

 

sbe, the leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hospitality venues globally, announced that they will open itsfirst hotel in the Middle East with the launch of Mondrian Doha, Qatar in spring (quarter two), 2017. The lavish 270-room hotel has been designed in collaboration with world-renowned Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders, along with South West Architecture – the architectural company of record for Mondrian Doha, responsible for the design of the building.

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SSH Designs the Largest Children Hospital Project of its Kind in the World | Architecture

 

In 2016, SSH, one of the leading master planning, infrastructure, building design, construction supervision and project management firms in the Middle East, was appointed by Kuwait’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Public Works to provide a study and design for the new children’s hospital on a design-award-construct basis. The design was revealed by the Ministry of Public Works for the first time during the Arab Health Conference, with the project being undertaken by SSH in association with global architects HKS and engineering firm WSP.

 

Kuwait’s newest tertiary children’s hospital will be the largest hospital of its kind in the world. It features a total of 792 beds that will suit all medical needs and methods of treatment. The 300,000 sqm hospital is located within the Al Sabah Specialty Medical Area, in Al-Shuwaikh.

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Apartment in Beirut by Platau | Interiors

 

This lovely home is located in Wadi Abu Jamil in Downtown Beirut designed by Lebanese architecture firm Platau. The main feature of the apartment is the wood enveloping the house and the contrasting white featured in the walls, handrail, and other finishes. The penthouse was designed for a family of four. Doors are all built in within the wooden walls.

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Foster + Partners wins Jabal Omar Development Project competition in Saudi Arabia

 

As shared by Foster + Partners:

Foster + Partners’ competition winning scheme for a new luxury hotel and serviced apartments in the heart of Makkah has been revealed. Inspired by traditional Arab architecture, it’s design reinterprets the traditional dense building clusters, creating a new contemporary vernacular that respects its sacred location. Following the mountainous terrain, its cascading vertical elements form a new topography. The new mixed-use development will create a new gateway along the route to the Grand Mosque for pilgrims from the world over.

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