Dubai Pearl Hotel

2003 – 2004


United Arab Emirates


* as SVA(Durban) in association with SVA(Gauteng

This project is a catalytic project for a much larger city development in, close to the coast of the Arabian Sea. The iconic value of the 52 storey tower, acts as an urban marker within the wider cityscape.

The 680 key all-suite hotel, is based on a triangular floor plan, providing oblique sea views along the coast line, for the majority of the suites. The central core contains the lifts together with service shafts and fire escape stairs. Engineered integration of air-conditioning systems and the glazed facades achieves maximum energy saving, still maintaining transparency and sheerness of the expressed form.

The crystalline form of the tower is sheathed in various layer of glass curtain walling. These define the different functional zones of the hotel. The lower levels of the tower comprise the public areas of the hotel, above which the long stay apartments occupy the next 10 levels. The next 20 floors consist of the hotel suites, with 6 levels of club and presidential suites. The top three floors are dedicated to the function of “Seven Star” dining and bar areas. The expression of the “Pearl of Dubai” as a projecting glass dome is achieved by raking back the flanking glass curtain walls over the last 12 levels of the tower. A 60m communications spire completes 350m high tower.