Project: Isla Moda
Scope: 1,123,000 sf
Type: Mixed-USE – Hotel
Location: Dubai, UAE
Noted Miami based architecture office Oppenheim is no stranger to UAE lavish projects, this time they team up with internationally-revered designer Karl Lagerfeld and KOR Hotel Group to create Isla Moda. Manmade island, comprising of 3 hotels and 150 residential unites 20km off the coast of Dubai set to be completed by the end of 2014. For more images and architects description continue after the jump:
In collaboration with the worlds most renowned fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld and KOR Hotel Group, Isla Moda is a resort complex that comprises 3 hotels, and 150 residential units ona manmade island 20km 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 the 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 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 1050ft x 705 ft x 60 ft the physical embodiment of the Golden Rule, is intricately carved to establish maximum diversity of experience and typology.
In July 2008, Mr. Lagerfeld had agreed to participate in Isla Moda project but further to the financial crisis, the owners of the islands were not in a position to fulfil their obligations under the agreement and were forced to postpone the project sine die. Consequently, Mr. Lagerfeld has put an end to his collaboration with Isla Modas owners. – from Karl Lagerfeld's Communication Director