New images of Dubai’s Muraba Residences designed by Pritzker winning laureate RCR Arquitectes

Catalonian firm RCR Arquitectes, which was honoured with the Pritzker Architecture Prize last year, has now completed the Muraba Residences, located on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. 

Images courtesy of Katarina Premfors

Founded by architects Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta, RCR Arquitectes mainly focused on connecting various spaces of the project to its surrounding landscape — the Arabian Gulf and its sandy shores.

Designed ‘from the inside out’, the project features an arrangement of apartment complexes that appear to emerge from the land in a stagnated order, with each building featuring a refined, contemporary aesthetic.

The residences consist of 46 two- and three-bedroom apartments and four penthouses, all of which offer expansive vistas of the gulf and feature architectural elements that allow for maximum integration of the exterior in the interior, like ceiling-to-floor windows.

The outdoor living area comprises four large terraces designed for entertaining and relaxing, as well as private balconies that maximise internal and external flow.

 

“Working with Muraba was our first venture in the Middle East and with such a landscape, it was clear the sea would be integral to the design,” said Aranda.

“Upon seeing in real life the area we had as our blank canvas, it became apparent what we wanted to achieve, and how we would do this. The perfect blue sea would be framed in each living space, bringing to life the apartments and presenting a holistic lifestyle experience.”

The interior spaces are designed to be “stylish and livable, carefully considered to ensure fluid movement between living, dining, sleeping and guest areas,” a statement from the architects reads.

The open plan kitchen and dining area is intended for hosting guests, yet supplemented by a professionally-equipped staff kitchen for size-able events. The master suites are functional and offer a sense of clarity, laid out in a linear progression that considers the dressing room, the bathroom and bedroom as a coherent space, culminating in the private terrace and panoramic view across the island.

Ibrahim Al Ghurair, founder of Muraba Properties, made sure to partner with a number of high-end suppliers to complete the apartments and penthouses including local artisan glass manufacturers, Sky Frame, Valcucine, Gaggenau, Geberit and Vola, and others.

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