La Mer is a new destination created for the people of Dubai and visitors from all over the world. Located on the Jumeira waterfront, it has been developed by the Meraas Group with the aim of offering a new, lively and modern place to live.
This project was an opportunity for us to take on challenges we had not imagined at the outset. Our teams worked to provide a complete and innovative personalised solution.
A total of 48 column models were developed for a project covering 23 hectares.
Below we would like to tell you about the different stages of this extraordinary project.
“The objective was to create a relaxed and warm atmosphere for the squares and more of an architectural focus on the wide passage ways.”
We worked with Eleni Savvidou, design director at Delta Lighting Solutions in charge of the lighting design of the project. The objective was to propose furniture that meets three guidelines:
1/ Creating different atmospheres according to the spaces,
2/ Drawing inspiration from maritime traditions and ancient objects,
3/ Playing with light sources and using light dimming systems.
The inspiration came from the location: the sea and its traditions.
The use of aged wood was obvious from the outset of the project. The work on the colours, finishes and accessories was crucial to the success of the project.
“A total of 53 bespoke suspended light fittings, supports, tree mounted fittings and other types of equipment were designed, with finishes in wood, steel, rope and brass.”
Delta Lighting was in charge of the lighting design. The lighting furniture was designed so that all the light fittings and accessories could blend in harmoniously.
For the lighting of the facades and beach huts, Eleni Savvidou imagined a light integrated under the terraces thanks to lenses developed to make the LED sources invisible while ensuring efficient light distribution.
The “Grande Allée” is lit by a catenary system made up of thousands of glass bulbs, creating a bright and attractive lighting atmosphere.
The light sources are individually controlled to create an effect of movement and life. During closing hours, the lighting levels are reduced to 50% and gradually down to 15% to adapt to night requirements.
We developed all the masts for the site lighting as well as the masts with swivel bases for the sail supports and catenary systems.
A complete technical solution was provided by our engineers, including design and calculations, the development and production of prototypes and the supply of implementation plans and technical instructions.
Special assemblies, finishes and details were taken into account to maintain product performance and quality in the outdoor marine environment.
Colours and finishes
To obtain an aged wood effect, work was done on both the colour of the stain and the finish applied to the wood.
After numerous tests, a new colour with a brushed finish was developed.
The bases and connecting parts are made of powder-coated metal with a “random rust” finish and the junctions between the wood and the metal are surrounded with rope reminiscent of sailing boat masts.
Production and site supervision
700 columns delivered on site
The entire manufacture of the wooden supports and the assembly of the products was carried out in our manufacturing workshop located in France in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
Our engineers went on site to check the parts and monitor the installation of the first deliveries at each major phase of the construction site.