Gulf Hotel Business Bay
The Gulf Hotel Business Bay is situated on a waterfront site overlooking the Creek facing the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.
This new hotel is part of the Gulf Hotels Group’s regional expansion plan and is the group’s first five star hotel in Dubai. Expected to open in 2019 the property will feature 240 bedrooms, three fine-dining restaurants, function halls and meeting facilities, a spa and fitness centre as well as plentiful car parking.
The hotel tower sits on a podium building which is occupied by the public areas, hotel amenities and support facilities. Guest room views are maximised through the clever introduction of full height glazing systems, with beds taking advantage of the stunning views.
The building is located in one the prestigious area of Dubai and is surrounded by a number of iconic buildings and has uninterrupted views of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. From a design perspective it was important to reflect this in the architectural approach.
The design was inspired by the practicality of the project brief so the generated form was based on a simplified building massing with projected panoramic lifts facing the Business Bay and Burj Khalifa as well as a curved façade screen which provide shade to the sun facing facade to work as an environmental solution.
The hotel needed its own identity to the context and GAJ developed a number of different massing options which explored this approach while also looking into the practicalities of meeting the required brief and required operational efficiencies.
The end result is a flexible building design that allows for change of use and/or change of layout of the structure. In particular, entertainment spaces will be maintained as open plan as possible, within reason, to consider design economy. This approach minimises the requirement for future structural alterations.
Centrally located overlooking the Dubai Creek and facing the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.
Business Bay, Dubai, UAE