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101 Restaurant - Dubai, UAE


Sweeping panoramic views of the Gulf and Dubai skyline beyond, the striking 101 restaurant with al fresco dining opens onto a fashionable overwater chill-out lounge with daybeds, beach-side tables and bar.

Conceived as a fashionable destination with a very unique identity of its own, the restaurant called for a celebration of its setting on the water, and emphasis on the indoor-outdoor lounge type sensibility. The structure (a tensile roof stretched across a more conventional structure) required the intervention of lighting equipment to be minimal, but with maximum visual impact.

The external fabric of the restaurant was a very interesting mix of two tone stone feature walls. One was to be dark and the other light, to emphasize an energized vibe, moving through the transition from day to night. This offered tremendous opportunity for lighting, and providing a feature accent for the building.

To be consistent with our mantra of 'less is more' it was agreed that only the lighter texture would be accentuated, such that the darker wall would disappear as the evening progressed into night. In complete contrast to having a regular uplit wall, a raked-wall detail was conceived such that a concealed linear cold cathode source could be installed to uplight each individual panel.

Decorative lanterns fit for use in an external environment adorn the wooden deck around the day-beds and the loungers, which produce perfectly textured light for diners. Candles on top of the tables finish the visual with perfect brilliance.


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