Four Seasons DIFC
The Four Seasons Hotel DIFC’s impeccable craftsmanship, refined finishes and superlative attention to detail make it a much-valued addition to the cityscape of Dubai. The hotel's design aimed for sophistication and creativity rather than glitter and hyperbole. Throughout the hotel, the focus is on high quality materials, like the lacquered wood paneling, Italian onyx and artworks that grace its public spaces, or the yacht-like comfort of its exquisitely furnished guest rooms.
Recently crowned as The AHEAD MEA Hotel of the Year, the Four Seasons DIFC was recognised for its ‘seamless design that captures the timeless and elegant DNA of the brand’.
The project is a re-purposing of an existing building – a rarity in all-modern Dubai.
For the designer and architect, the challenge was to differentiate the hotel from the surrounding office towers and to give it its own unique character. The solution involved fitting the building with fin features and installing a tinted glass facade to provide visual drama as well as enhanced shade.
The structural challenge involved providing for the difference in loading from office to hotel use.
Intensive structural intervention was needed using state-of-the-art carbon fibre reinforcement drilled into the existing concrete structure to strengthen it.
TYPE: 5 star Hotel
DCC SCOPE: General contracting & construction management
LOCATION: Dubai - DIFC
YEAR: Completed in 2015
TOTAL BUILDUP AREA: 15,300 m2
FLOORS: 2 basement floors, 1 ground floor and 9 floors (2B+G+9)
FACILITIES: 27 king rooms, 6 executive suites, 9 one-bedroom suites and a presidential suite. The hotel includes a basement car park, administration offices, meeting halls, all day dining, specialty restaurants, a gym & spa with a swimming pool, and a sky bar & cigar bar with a terrace garden
CLIENT: Bright Start LLC
ARCHITECTS: Hopkins Architects
INTERIOR DESIGN: Tihany Design