„The feeling of luxury is always present“, to quote designer Amani Mohammed Al Lauz of the Emirates Group in a contribution to Commercial Interior Design Magazine. „A timeless feel“ prevails, she says. We are talking about the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, the world’s tallest hotel with twin towers reaching 335 m high into the sky of the United Arab Emirates. In relation: the complex is almost as tall as New York’s Empire State Building.
Let us have a look in the lobby, the object of the quote. The Crema Marfil marble on the floor plays a substantial role in creating an over-all ambiance of luxury.
The stone was provided by Levantina Company. Some 6.000 m² of this natural stone, distinguished by its noble appearance and unusual resilience, were needed. The hotel, after all, has some 1.600 rooms and is thus submitted to substantial public traffic.
The lobby is 4 stories high. The height is optically augmented with the help of the suspended lighting. On the floor, the marble is polished.
Our photo shows parts of the lobby serving as an executive lounge…
… or private booths.
The photo shows how material and design interact.
The lobby is integrated in a 7 story podium which forms the base of the twin towers. The podium houses public areas such as two impressively large ballrooms, conference rooms, 14 restaurants and bars, and a number of shops, a spa, workout area, etc. The top floor is designed as a park and offers a breath-taking view of the surrounding area including the Burj Khalifa towering 828 m high into the sky.
The twin towers have an unusual form reminiscent of two trunks of date palm trees. The 72 story complex houses 1608 rooms, including 4 maisonette suites. The architect was Ashok Korgaonkar, owner of the Indian Archgroup International Consultants.
„Some 1,000 persons can meet, find accommodation, or dine”, according to general manager Rupprecht Queitsch as cited in a press release. The hotel is situated on the main thoroughfare Sheik Zayed Road at the entrance to Business Bay. The hotel is owned by Emirates Group as is the airline of the same name.
Levantina is a Spanish enterprise with world-wide activity including 40 quarries, 8 factories and 28 distribution centers. The Crema Marfil implemented in building the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai was retrieved from the Monte Coto quarry in the Spanish province of Alicante. All in all the enterprise boasts some 200 types of natural stone in their program, among them local marble and granites from Brazil. It exports to 110 countries across the European Union, America, the Middle East and Asia.
(20.08.2014, USA: 08.20.2014)