The Starfish Resort

ABU DHABI

The Starfish 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.

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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