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Aura Skypool, boasting spectacular views across the Dubai skyline

Kokaistudios

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Kokaistudios

Boasting spectacular views across the Dubai skyline, AURA SKYPOOL is the world's highest 360° infinity pool, welcoming visitors to an imagined island in the sky. Despite its ultra urban location at the top of the Palm Tower skyscraper on the manmade Jumeirah archipelago, the interior’s design takes cues from the natural world. All fluttering canopies, lush greenery, and natural features, the design emphasizes detail and quality to deliver impact and drama.

In creating the AURA SKYPOOL, Kokaistudios’ remit was to frame and contextualize the location’s breathtaking views. It achieves this through a design dialogue between outdoor and indoor; manmade islands versus imagined ones; above water and below. As the world's highest 360° infinity pool, the destination has fast become one of Dubai’s must-visit experiences. At the same time, its combination of tactile features, natural breeze, fluttering canopies, and above all, glittering blue water that seems to meet the sky feels nothing short of exclusive, luxurious, and far removed from the heat and intensity of this unique urban center.

From the outset, AURA SKYPOOL sets an exclusive tone thanks to dedicated elevators transporting guests to the building's 50th floor, 210 meters above the ground. Its doors open onto an urban oasis, imagined as ‘an island in the sky’. At its heart is an angular travertino plaster centerpiece, appearing as natural boulders. In keeping with the lounge’s island theme, ceiling drapes evoke beachside cabanas while window curtains act as a useful sunscreen in Dubai’s unforgiving heat. Surrounding the central lounge like a shoreline is a wooden deck, replete with sun loungers and tables. From here, guests look across the mirror-like infinity pool that circumnavigates the tower to spectacular city and ocean vistas beyond. The auxiliary facilities are imagined as an atmospheric underwater cave on level 49, functions include changing rooms, staff areas, and a retail kiosk. An absence of daylight contrasts with the sun-bright atmosphere above, reinforcing the cave motif. The project’s remit was to frame and contextualize the location’s breathtaking views. It achieves this through a design dialogue between outdoor and indoor; manmade islands versus imagined ones; above water and below.

As the world's highest 360° infinity pool, the destination has fast become one of Dubai’s must-visit experiences. At the same time, its combination of tactile features, natural breeze, fluttering canopies, and above all, glittering blue water that seems to meet the sky feels nothing short of exclusive, luxurious, and far removed from the heat and intensity of this unique urban center.

Credits

 Dubai
 UAE
 SHG Ventures
 11/2021
 1516 mq
 Confidential
 Filippo Gabbiani, Andrea Destefanis
 Design Director: Ian Yu; Project Manager: Yao Yao; Design Team: Junyu Chen, Zheng Xu, Wei Tse Hsieh, Yuen-Wei Chen
 AURA SKYPOOL Dubai, Juliet Dunne

Curriculum

Kokaistudios is an award winning architecture and interior design firm founded in 2000 in Venice by Italian architects Filippo Gabbiani & Andrea Destefanis. Headquartered in Shanghai since 2002 we have grown into multi-cultural firm of 60 people working on a global scale with projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America. Kokaistudios partners with our clients to collaboratively develop innovative & ground breaking projects in diverse fields of design. Primarily focused on developing cultural, corporate, commercial, hospitality & retail projects we have also worked extensively on urban regeneration projects involving the requalification of heritage locations. Kokaistudios aims to develop projects that add positively to the built environment and social fabric of the cities and countries in which they are located.

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