WA In­ter­na­tional Drift Beach Club

Identity - - ID DESIGN AWARDS 2018 - Spon­sor: Techn­o­gym

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

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