North Barrier Resort

ABU DHABI


North Barrier is the creation of a unique 5 Star boutique resort of pure escapism, catering to 3 types of clientele: day guest, hotel guest and private guest.
 
To preserve the serenity of the immaculate desert island environment, the development is conceived as a landscaped reserve.
 
Buildings are low-rise, their plan form derived from the starfish and defined by curved timber screening reminiscent of the skeletal structure of a traditional Dhow. Used throughout the development at varying scales, the screens camouflage and filter the appearance of buildings - blending them into the landscape and providing privacy from one building to the next. Further separation is provided by semi-burying the buildings as if overcome by shifting sand dunes. Similarly, water bungalows take the form of semi-submerged Dhow wrecks lodged in the sand just off shore.
 
The interior design is a direct product of the architectural form and materiality, characterised by diaphanous timber structures and filtered light. Emphasis on immersion in the landscape conjures the romantic notion of being marooned on a desert island – a feeling reinforced by the preservation of privacy.
Clients Confidential
Type New Build Island Resort & Boutique Hotel / 40 keys / 38 private villa plots
Location ABU DHABI
Area 16,257m² BUA
Scope Concept Design
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