Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) used local culture, artisty, craft and lifestyle when designing Al Manzil (Grand Hyatt Dubai’s residence space), Ahasees Spa & Club, and The Living Room, Grand Hyatt Dubai’s nightlife venue.
The artwork collection is fashioned by these Arabic motifs witha contemporary twist. Jewelry pattern details were emulated and enlarged, painted onto floor-to-ceiling canvas panels, magnified and stylised.
In local culture Arabic homes are often built around a central courtyard with rooms opening in toward the courtyard. Similarly, guests enter Al Manzil through grand timber paneled doors into a central courtyard-like space. Immediately to one side is the open kitchen, lounge and dining areas on the other side. After passing through the central space, meeting facilities open off to either side, followed by the conservatory space.
Skylights evoke the feeling of natural light, covering a backlit stretch fabric wall with warm light. The colour palette is made up of strong contrasting colors and finishes – dark red onyx marble, red velvets, bronze metal, dark timbers and embossed leathers in buttery cream and tan.
Arabic patterns can be seen in the furniture with laser cut metal tables and pendants, embossed leathers, and white washed timber Moroccan style chairs. The patterns are also depicted in the geometric flooring design in the courtyard entry, which is outlined in gold mosaic against cream marble.
The residential feel is carried through to the timber flooring covered with loose rugs sourced and made in the Middle East.
The kitchen features full cooking and entertaining facilities in a honey onyx. The space has dark timber millwork, cream Kinon wall panels and soft cream flooring.
Ahasees Spa & Club The lower level is made up of a palette composed of white marble, contrasting dark tones of walnut woods and copper metals. Warm mid-tones of amber and sand with finishes of custom coloured Kinon were used to contrast the iridescent copper glass mosaics and metal wall tiles.
In sync with the contemporary design are accents of Arabic design, featuring large-scale abstract geometric patterns engraved into the bronze-tinted glass shower doors. The new extension of the Upper level carries soft colour tones and finishes. Timber flooring at the reception and staircase in Antico Larch Grigio, with accentuated grain, give a textured surface and an ‘aged’ look and feel.
The colour tones and textures complemented by the hand-tufted rugs with their dusky pink shade are intensified by the wool and silk make. Tactile soft surfaces were created using silk wall paneling and leather. Mosaic floors, timber flooring and polished Perlata plaster add to the the butter leather touch. Patterns of the surrounding environment are laser-cut into the surface of tables.
The treatment rooms are an extension of Arabic design language. Each room has luminous mother of pearl tiles and bronze etched glass with Arabic designs. Custom laser cut henna pattern pendants hang from the ceiling.
In the relaxation rooms, customised three-dimensional stone cut angled walls are a highlight. A series of sand dune photographs with Arabic poetry inscribed are on display throughout the space. Henna patterned over-scaled backlit panels feature in the treatment rooms.