ART LOUNGE/NUZUL AL FUNOON GUESTHOUSE, COURTYARD, DUBAI
Conversion of a former furniture store at the Courtyard into a Guesthouse called “Art Lounge/ Nuzul Al Funoon”. The store was designed and built with extensive attention to detail and intriguing rooms and corridors depicting the architecture and design of Arabia, and has been part of the memory of Dubai’s residents for over 20 years. Our intention is to preserve the spirit of the space and retain its essential elements while upgrading it to a contemporary habitable space of 13 to 15 rooms with modern facilities and comfort with a decorative twist. We hope to bring the local craftsmen and artists together to create one-off bespoke art pieces for styled rooms and unique interiors. Combining grandeur and charm of Arabia with hideaway nooks, terraces and the greenery in the Courtyard; and creating a guesthouse in the center of Dubai’s new Creative Free Zone, The Art Lounge / Nuzul Al Funoon aims to be a place to kick back and enjoy the tranquility of a hidden space before stepping outside to the buzzing art neighborhood.
RESIDENTIAL LOFT, DUBAI, 2008
Designed residential loft with salvaged objects from places like Dubai's Jadaf shipyard. Some of the objects that are now part of the loft include wooden ribs from a yurt, a Central Asian tent, as well as knives salvaged from the remains of a factory fire.
MANHATTAN LOFT FIT-OUT, 515 BROADWAY, SOHO-CAST IRON HISTORIC DISTRICT, MANHATTAN, NEW YORK
Dream Live/Work loft in the heart of SoHo. This massive open loft is filled with original details that the lofts in SoHo are famous for. Soaring 12ft ceilings and a parade of 10 original wood columns running all the way down the center, original refinished wood floors. Eight over-sized windows, morning light from the wall of eastern facing windows, as well as afternoon light from the south facing courtyard. The loft is completely open space with two full bathrooms. The spa-like marble master bathroom features a deep soaking tub and separate shower. The newly updated kitchen features a sub-zero fridge, Bosch DW and oven, W/D from Maytag. Key-lock elevator building.
The building was constructed in 1884 as a store and loft building for the estate of D.H Haight, replacing what was once the largest and most luxurious hotel in the world. The St. Nicholas Hotel had stood on this site since 1853, built at a time when this area around Broadway was a fashionable entertainment and shopping district. With room for up to 1,000 guests, the marble-fronted St. Nicholas was the first New York City building to cost $1 million in construction, and it set a new standard for luxury, expense and lavish appointments, replacing the Astor House as the premier hotel in the city. The present six-story, block-through, Queen-Anne style building was converted to residential co-operative use in 1978 and exists as the largest co-op building in SoHo.