Designed by UAE-based Godwin Austen Johnson, the new Vida Creek Harbour hotel located on Dubai Creek Island. With views of the waterfront and Dubai’s skyline, the hotel is the fourth under the design-led Vida Hotels and Resorts brand and the first to open in the Dubai Creek Harbour.
Taking its inspiration from the adjacent marina the new Vida Creek Harbour is an elegant yet relaxed property with the characteristic simplicity that defines the Vida brand.
Paying tribute to its privileged location the Vida Creek Harbour is the first hotel in this immense new development and so it had to be a timeless design that would set the tone for the future. It was important to incorporate specific elements from Vida Downtown into the design to ensure a strong and consistent brand identity yet at the same time ensure the hotel maintained its own character and connection to its surroundings.
The 286-key hotel follows the signature Vida aesthetic, and offers a contemporary interior design complete with a soothing pastel colour palette and a wooden design details. The hotel also houses a range of art installations, including a sculpture by the renowned South Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa.
Maximizing the courtyard space so that it could be used all year round presented a design challenge. The area is a highly prominent one due to the stunning views it offers and, as an extension of the lobby lounge, it had to comfortable and elegant. The area requires cooling during the summer but also needs to offer a cozy, intimate feel through the winter months. Chiller units have been cleverly concealed within the landscaping, and bioethanol fire pits have been located within the lounge areas for when the weather turns cooler.
The design team worked closely with outdoor brand Kettal to provide a quality product that related to the marina theme. As with the common theme running through the hotel the color palette of this outdoor area is made up of the turquoise hues which feature strongly in the interiors through accents, textiles, and artwork.
While hoping to become a destination for tourists, the project also caters to the local population. And also features five meeting rooms and co-working spaces that further offer creatives and freelancers a place to work and collaborate.
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