Palm 66 is a luxury villa in Palm Jumeriah, Dubai that was renovated by Archiplexus Architecture and Design. The house was initially a four bedroom but converted to a three bedroom as the master bathroom was increased in size and a generous walk in closet was added.
From the architects: Our aim is to eliminate the requirement for superfluous ornamentation and to create interest in the space through the language of form and surface. We prefer not to create elements for the sake of producing a series of sculptures but believe that functional elements are to be made beautifully. “Making” is an important aspect of what we do as we are not scared of getting our hands dirty. We are comfortable with being in the “maker space” as it allows for us, architects, to be in our element.
After understanding the client’s needs, I focused on allowing for a feel of unobstructed openness and creating a hierarchy of service vs public spaces. The flow to the outdoors is easily attained through an oversized sliding door that creates a sense of oneness between the outdoors and the inside.
We are constantly experiencing growth in a upward learning curve figuring out how to bring materials together and have them work harmoniously in form and longevity of life. We believe that when a client engages with us they are entrusting us with not only funds but also dreams and in return, they ought to be presented with a solution that is not only beautiful but also innovative.
The most suprising element of the project is the large format pivot door bearing a calligraphic artwork of the couples’ names opens, one faces clean white lines shooting up into the atrium space as well as an unobstructed vista out to the sea.
Light was one of the main factors driving the project. The original villa had arched windows reducing the window sizes hence allowing less light into the space. The villa was painted white to reflect light deep into the floor plan and I believe this was successful. The light brown travertine specified to the outside was a tone that grounded the villa and served as a transition outdoor space towards the beach. The dwelling invited its natural setting inside its interiors: the changing tones of the sea are now part of the backdrop of the living areas and master bedrooms.
An interpretation of contemporary and traditional Middle Eastern themes was delivered. The floor plan was opened and openings were made generous to maximize on the view and natural sunlight. All rooms make reference to a custom-made pattern which brings texture to a feature wall; creates a motif to fabrics that filter sunlight from the openings as well as silk carpet design.