WA International Drift Beach Club
The dhow was the main design inspiration for this exceptional space, because of its historic relevance to the region. It was used for pearl diving, as well as trade; a maritime symbol of national pride. Dhow racing was very much a loved nautical sport in the past, just as it is today.
The rustic, authentic yet modern interior highlights aspects of the region that give the project a sense of location. A specially-created curved timber feature wall reflects the epitome of craftsmanship from a bygone era – with an authentic yet modern appeal.
The challenge was working with curved lines and angles, bentwood and challenging fixing methods to create the three-dimensional wall that consists of beams and cross-beams with perfect form and dimensions that reflect and represent the internal bow of a dhow vessel.
Other elements include the trap fishing nets used as light fixtures in the restaurant, and the exterior Arabic mashrabia screens.
The judges fell in love with the authentic atmosphere. They were truly excited to see the creation of external spaces that were connected to both the traditional and contemporary soul of the country.
WA International team with Michele Moro, Managing Director, Technogym ME