Isla Moda

Scope: 1,123,000 SF mixed-use hotel project. Planning, Architecture, and Interior Design
Date: Estimated completion 2014
Location: U.A.E.

In collaboration with the world146;s most renowned fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld and KOR Hotel Group, Isla Moda is a resort complex that comprises 3 hotels, and 150 residential units on a manmade island 20 km off the coast of Dubai. Inspired by the floating palaces of India, and the modern day equivalent151;the cruise ship, Isla Moda distinguishes itself from other thematic reincarnations in 147;The World148; by celebrating the notion of 145;manmade146; and attempts authenticity within this simulacra of the real world. Utilizing ship building techniques, the fabricated island evolves from an intrinsic understanding of the nuances of style and fashion, and their inextricable link to the possibilities of how life can and should be experienced. When woven into the lived environment, it reaches an apogee through a symphonic balance between architecture and an elevated natural environment. A monolithic volume 1050 ft x 705 ft x 60 ft151;the physical embodiment of the Golden Rule, is intricately carved to establish maximum diversity of experience and typology.

1000 approx.

Concrete, Fiberglass, Aluminum

Prefabricated construction, floating structures, concrete construction, 147;built-in148; yachts


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