Lagoon living

The AED3billion Dubai Lagoon Residential Development at Dubai Investment Park is spread over nearly 2 million ft² of land area.
Lagoon living
Interesting accessories abound in the showhome, like this candle decorated with coffee beans.
By Charlotte Butterfield
Sat 20 Jan 2007 12:00 AM

The AED3billion Dubai Lagoon Residential Development at Dubai Investment Park is spread over nearly 2 million ft² of land area. The project has a central man-made lagoon with a majority of the apartments facing onto the lagoon or the surrounding open areas. It is surrounded by five golf courses, two of which are being designed by golf legend Greg Norman and one by Vinjay Singh.

It has impressive credentials, but then most current developments under construction in Dubai boast similar attributes. The interesting concept of Dubai Lagoon, however, is its target market. In a region that prides itself on iconic design and luxury living, a project that purposely positions itself as mid market, offering good, affordable residential units to mid-income professionals is a rare commodity.

Ibrahaim Ghosal, CEO of design firm Gulf Stream Contracting explains that the client’s desire was to produce: “A functional development targeting the middle sector of residential buyers with high-end value added amenities.” He added: “The project’s president, Mr. Tahir Hussain, has contributed immensely towards realising the key aspects of the design. His focus towards providing ample open spaces, green areas, and a large expanse of water has transformed a desert landscape into a lush residential resort style community.”

The interior design of the apartments aimed to exude a feeling of comfort and elegance without being expensive. Gulf Stream Contracting decided to mirror the lagoon views and open spaces surrounding the buildings in the interior with a light, natural decor.

“The style within the apartments has been kept modern and functional with a stress on end-user conveniences. The furniture and fittings are coordinated to reflect a unified theme. Most of the fittings, fixtures and finishing materials are produced by top quality international manufacturers from Spain and Germany in the West, and Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong in the East,” Ghosal says.

The flooring is a clean, easily maintainable, top quality porcelain, deliberately light in colour to add volume to the apartments and make them look spacious. The light fittings are modern, a mixture of stainless steel and glass, keeping in line with the simplicity of the rest of the décor.

The kitchen is developed by a top Macao designer with numerous utilitarian features and conveniences. All drawers are soft closing and the kitchen is fitted with the latest ironmongery as well as being provided with a granite top which is easily maintainable, resistant to stain and yet rich in appearance. The appliances are all from top international brands.

The bathrooms are fitted with designer ceramic wall tiles and decorative borders. The tiles are matte finished and anti-slip. The vanity counters have been selected specifically to add to the overall décor and ambience and transform the bathroom from merely utilitarian and functional to inspirational.

Ghosal says: “Our motivations are from everyday materials, colours, odours and tactile sensations. We like to touch and feel a product, be it furniture, fabric, fittings, etc. to create a unique and approachable environment. The most challenging part of the design was to achieve high quality within very restricted budgets and produce a maintenance free product suitable for actual day-to-day use.”

The show apartment took one month to design and one month for execution including sourcing, procuring and fitting and is designed to show potential buyers how to create the feeling of high-end living on a mid-range budget. Ghosal adds that whilst the funds might have been capped, the demands of originality were not: “The Middle East, especially Dubai, is extremely demanding in terms of quality, value, new ideas and one has to always keep on improving and bettering one’s own milestones.”

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