Location: Dubai
Date: 2016-2017
Client: Meraas
Status: Schematic Design
Size: 23,400 sqm
Credits: ACME Team (Alia Centofanti, Patrick Elborough, Christoph Emenlauer, Joshua Harrex, Katrina Hollis, Eduardo Lopez Solorzano, Alvaro Madrazo, Eleni Meladaki, Edoardo Milli, Charles Pigott, Azizah Sulor, Jack Taylor, Antonio Torres Tebar, Lisa Wolf, Allan Yeo)

Structure, MEP, landscape and project management: SSH Dubai
FLS: Vortex
Vertical Transportation: RBA
Interior Design: Anoushka Hempel (Concept Design) and 1508 (Concept and Schematic Design) 
Waste Management: AESG
Wayfinding: Endpoint
Lighting: Nulty
Spa: The Wellness 
Landscape: Aperture Studio
The Dubai Water Canal is a new 3.2km long waterway which winds its way to the Arabian Gulf from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay. Acme is appointed to design a high end luxury hotel and a high end residential building, both of which are situated uniquely between the new canal to one side and the existing grand Safa Park to the other side.
The brief asks for a Classic Boutique Hotel and private Residences which shall provide the highest level of privacy and a unique level of discrete servicing for 56 suites and luxurious amenities offerings. Regency and Victorian private members clubs in London serve as a reference for both the spatial sequencing of the proposed hotel as well as the appearance of the facade.
The different uses are legible on the building’s envelope and each use features a different type of facade according to the required level of privacy. Internally the buildings are unified vertically and horizontally by Skygardens that draw light into the building and offer views to the canal and the park. Unifying the plots is a private walled garden offering retreat and seclusion from the heat and noise of the city around.