The Andaz Dubai Hotel swimming pool mosaic is a detailed example of how modern luxury design can pay homage to a city’s rich cultural history…
Dubai is renowned for its modern and luxurious living, with its trademark towering skyscrapers and record-breaking architecture. However, there is much more to this UAE city than its highly polished exterior and beneath the stainless steel and glass lies a rich and colourful history that spans back centuries. Design by GDS understood this when it was commissioned to decorate the pool area at the Hyatt Andaz Dubai Hotel on the iconic Palm Jumeirah.
Instead of opting for the usual glitz and glitter, the design studio decided to delve into Dubai’s artistic heritage and create a design that echoed traditional Arabesque patterns and colours. These complex geometric shapes, intertwined lines and floral motifs date back as far as the 10th century and can be found throughout the Islamic world, adorning palaces, mosques and domes. Over the years, these patterns have been translated and redefined in many forms and can be found on a range of surfaces from tiles to textiles.
To bring this unique design to life, Design by GDS utilised TREND 2x2cm glass mosaics into customised CAD decoration, creating a series of interlinked patterns that not only echo traditional Arabesque designs but also add a distinctive 21st-century twist to the space. The pool, which forms a bridge between two buildings at roof level, overlooks the sweeping Dubai coast and the iconic Burj Al Arab, demanding a strong visual identity of its own.
The Andaz Dubai Hotel pool area is a space that not only reflects the stunning beauty of its surroundings but also celebrates the deep artistic heritage that Dubai holds. This unique design is an invitation for guests to immerse themselves in the cultural richness of Dubai while still enjoying the comfort and elegance of the Hyatt hotel complex.
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