Project Of The Week – Siddharta Lounge
This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire series features Siddharta Lounge, Dubai. LW Design’s ode to Buddhism through contemporary restaurant design. Utilising the aesthetics of spirituality to gain true design enlightenment.
Plants & trees are used to evoke feelings of relaxation and harmonise the interior and exterior spaces, which in turn compliments the extraordinary 360 degree views across Dubai Marina.
Inspired by the spiritual teacher, the Buddha, Siddharta Lounge in Grosvenor House offers an modern experience juxtaposed by nature. The interior is focused around a exotic, botanical theme. Eclectic accessories accentuate the concepts of Buddhism. The use of bi-folding doors creates a seamless transformation which allows the guests to experience the restaurant as both an indoor and outdoor space, where statement plants and lights create extra ambience for guests to soak up.
SBID had the opportunity to speak with Sian Whitmore, Senior FF&E Designer at LW Design.
Company: LW Design
Project: Siddharta Lounge
Project Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
What was the client’s brief?
The brief was to completely refurbish the restaurant inside & out and in doing so create a new generation of Siddharta Lounge for the Buddha Bar brand. We were tasked with maximising seating & views across Dubai Marina & the Arabian Gulf. We feel that we have achieved a truly integrated space blending the inside and outside space whilst creating something fresh, vibrant & exciting to stand out from the competition.
What inspired the design of the project?
The Bodhi tree under which Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher later became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment, provides the main inspiration behind the new look Siddharta Lounge. Statement green walls and built-in planting throughout create a lush and vibrant ambience. Bi-folding doors open up the main restaurant and transform the space, seamlessly blurring the boundaries between the interior and exterior environment. Concrete graphic walls continue the botanical theme both inside and out, adding a more urban and edgy element to the design. Lighting plays a key role within the space to create drama and atmosphere and transform the venue from day to night. Eclectic accessories featuring rustic woven baskets and stone Buddha heads, accent furniture pieces and dip dyed macramé pendant lights add a handcrafted feel and a sense of travel to exotics climes. All of this comes together to create a truly tropical and relaxing vibe.
What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?
The main challenge of the refurbishment was the re-working of certain elements to follow the new design aesthetic. The other main challenge was down to time constraints. With a very short time frame to complete the refurbishment we had to be very mindful and selective about the availability of all items and materials specified.
What was your team’s highlight of the project?
The primary highlight of the project for us was having the opportunity and creative freedom to create a new hot spot in Dubai’s thriving social scene. We are able to drive the brand into a fresh new direction and as a result, witness its success within the competitive marketplace.
Why did you enter the SBID International Design Awards?
We recognise the SBID awards as amongst the top design awards in the industry celebrating design excellence. To be shortlisted together with other inspirational international projects is a privilege. It is a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our design capabilities and to introduce ourselves to the UK market having recently opened up a design branch in London.
Questions answered by Sian Whitmore, Senior FF&E Designer at LW Design.
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