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RMJM has been honoured with the Best Overall Project Façade Design Award at this year’s FAÇADE Design & Engineering Summit in Dubai. The latest distinction recognises the innovative façade design of the DWC Bin Haider Hotel in Dubai.
Scheduled to open in early 2019, the Bin Haider Hotel lies along the southern boundary of Al-Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. Consisting of over 500 rooms and long stay suites, the 46,000 m² GFA hotel also contains conference facilities and a large communal food and beverage area. Benefiting from convenient access to Dubai’s main highway, the Sheikh Zayed Road, the DWC Bin Haider Hotel will provide quick access to attractions such as Dubai Marina; Dubai Palm Jumeirah; Downtown Dubai; and the commercial, business and trade hubs of the emirate. With its close proximity to the venue of Dubai Expo 2020, the hotel will also play a decisive role in allowing Dubai to achieve it’s tourism objective of reaching 20 million visitors per year.
FAÇADE Design & Engineering UAE Summit guest hosted by RMJM architect Andy Shaw
The hotel’s façade was selected for its highly unique aesthetic, sustainable and functional properties. High-performance glazing was instrumental in controlling Dubai’s severe external thermal conditions, as well as limiting outside noise due to the hotel’s proximity to one of the world’s largest airports. The glass to solid ratio and the subsequent use of modular repeatable elements allowed the design team to apply cost effective insulation material, saving on construction and future maintenance costs. The complexity of the façade aesthetic was created using just 6 main panel types; by changing panel colours, the team were able to create the dynamic pattern and vibrant ‘fish-scale’ aesthetic.
The FAÇADE Design & Engineering UAE Summit is an essential event for every architecture and design firm currently operating in the Middle East and the Gulf States. The summit invites architects, developers, consultants, contractors and key figures in the façade technology industry together to discuss, share, collaborate and commend those firms pioneering the next generation of intelligent facade design. The summit aims to address key issues in the industry, helping to pave a brighter future for the industry and the world.
RMJM Principal Neil van der Veen accepting the Best Overall Project Façade Design Award
Separately, RMJM earned a finalist spot for their consultancy work on the ONE Palm at the Dubai Cityscape Awards last month. Designed for the artificial archipelago of Palm Jumeirah off the coast of Dubai, the ONE at Palm Jumeirah provides luxury residential spaces for an international client base. Developed in conjunction with SOMA Architects and Omniyat, the 90-apartment development comprises an extensive array of five-star amenities, located in the most exclusive collection of islands in the world.
The latest Cityscape award for RMJM follows several years of recognition for projects across the world. Last year the firm were recognised for their work on the Varyap Meridian development in Istanbul, as well as the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore. 2011 saw RMJM take home two awards for the innovative Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi; Best Overall Project and Best Commercial/Retail Project. The catalogue of awards reflects RMJM’s commitment to continually redefining architecture and investing in emerging markets.