One Za’abeel L.L.C
One Za’abeel Entrance Canopy
The inspiration for the canopy was contextual and performative. It needed to embody natural elements to integrate with the garden below, but also perform when projected on from above.
- // 2024
- // Architectural Canopy
- // Dubai, UAE
Starting the design process from the landscape, the design grows from and touches the terracing gardens and beams below and to the side. Large bifurcating columns grow form the landscape to support the canopy surrounding the hotel drop-off. In the centre stand three columns that increase in height toward the centre of the canopy reaching a maximum height of 30m from the drop-off paving.
The canopy is comprised of 3 layers. The soffit of the canopy consists of Iroko timber beams that run diagonally in line with the cladding panels. Above the timber beams is the primary steal structure which is a projected square grid at 2.5m centres. Above the primary structure is the cladding layer. The cladding panels are perforated aluminium and have 3 tones, distributed parametrically to optimise projection quality from above. The canopy overall measure 75m long and 82m wide making for a very impactful entry to a unique destination in Dubai.