1,123,000 SF Mixed Use, Multi Family, Hospitality, Commercial, Master Planning

Architecture, Master Planning

Dubai, UAE

In collaboration with the world’s most renowned fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld and KOR Hotel Group, Isla Moda is a resort complex that comprises 3 hotels, and 150 residential units on a manmade island 20 km off the coast of Dubai. Inspired by the floating palaces of India, and the modern day equivalent—the cruise ship, Isla Moda distinguishes itself from other thematic reincarnations in “The World” by celebrating the notion of ‘manmade’ and attempts authenticity within this simulacra of the real world. Utilizing ship building techniques, the fabricated island evolves from an intrinsic understanding of the nuances of style and fashion, and their inextricable link to the possibilities of how life can and should be experienced. When woven into the lived environment, it reaches an apogee through a symphonic balance between architecture and an elevated natural environment. A monolithic volume 1050 ft x 705 ft x 60 ft—the physical embodiment of the Golden Rule, is intricately carved to establish maximum diversity of experience and typology.

Principal in charge: Chad Oppenheim
Project Manager: Kevin McMorris
Project Contributors: Carl Römer, Santhosh Shanmugam, Lourdes Sanchez, Kevin Heidorn, Robert Moehring, Lester Rey, Sebastian Velez, Manuel Morales, Fitz Murphy, Carolina Jaimes, Jessica Santaniello, Josh Sacks, Laure Tirouflet, Melina Corzo, Giancarlo Pietri, Gianpaolo Pietri

Renderers: Luxigon

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