Studio Libeskind, in association with AECOM, has designed two high-rise towers in Downtown Dubai. Offering uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Frame, Al Fahidi Fort, and the Dubai Creek, the Baccarat Hotel & Residences is situated in tower one and will host 144 rooms and suites, along with 49 Baccarat branded residences.
The crystalline-inspired towers rise in an intentional hierarchy and a shared architectural vocabulary. Tower one rises at 237 meters high (44 floors), steps forward towards the main road, and includes the hotel and residences, café, restaurants, bar, spa, and pool.
Designed as a cluster of prismatic crystals that soars upwards into four branches to disperse the overall mass of the building, the tower’s four massing branches culminate at different heights creating a slender proportion and a residential scale. The podium of the buildings will include restaurants and public spaces including a plaza, with trees and greenery for shading, and shaped benches for seating. There is a central landscaped plaza that is bookended with water features that assist with cooling during the summer. Additional cascading water features and green planting continue to the northern grand public stairs that provide barrier-free pedestrian access to the city sidewalks on the ground level. The design aims to meet the Silver Sa’fa rating, from the Dubai Green Building System.
The design team includes London-based design studio 1508 London for the interiors, and US-based landscape architecture firm EDSA.