BURLINGTON STONE - THE PERFECT BACKDROP TO DUBAI’S RETAIL PARADISE

Visitors to Dubai’s landmark Festival Waterfront Centre - an exciting and magnificent 2.8 million sq ft retail, dining and leisure complex - can savour the delights of Origami, a stunning and shimmering water feature that has at its core some 1100m2 of natural stone cladding panels supplied by the UK’s leading producer, Cumbria-based Burlington.

Contained within the three floor retail resort that is located over two floors of parking, Origami is the creation of Los Angeles-based Fluidity Design Consultants – one of the world’s leading specialists in water feature design. Conceived in response to the design brief supplied by project architects, Jerde Partnership of Venice, California, Origami serves to provide a dynamic environment that not only connects the three levels of the Festival Waterfront Centre, it does so using a series of pathways as staircases that cut through and engage the water experience.

Commanding a central position within the Festival Waterfront Centre - itself an architectural masterpiece - Origami is comprised of 11 diamond formed prisms, each of which features Burlington’s mid-green Broughton Moor stone that has been cut into custom shaped rectangular panels laid vertically and staggered across a specialty diagonal pattern conceived to reinforce the cascading waters’ presentation. Interlinked by a series of switchback or scissor staircase formations, visitors are provided with seating terraces at each staircase landing to enable them to savour the delights of the water feature experience and take in the views over Dubai Creek through a vast feature window. The stone installation was carried out by specialist stone contractors, Carrara Mid-East Industrial Co LLC.

Commenting on behalf of Fluidity Design Consultants, President Jim Garland said: “The Burlington stone obviously plays a very important part in Origami and it was selected only after sourcing many different types of natural stone samples from around the world. We believe that there is nothing quite like it when it comes to its colour and texture, which is further enhanced when water is seen cascading over it.”

Taking precedence in this instance over the use of blues and blacks that are often used for water features, the appearance of the water over the Burlington stone used within Origami has been further enhanced by the application of a line-textured finish that was produced by Carrara Mid-East. Cloaked in glass panels that have been back painted in a coordinating green colour and which feature concealed fasteners, the 11 prisms create an overall structure that is some 13.5 metres high and 15 metres wide by 24 metres deep.

Infused with an abundance of natural light, Origami is unique in that its design successfully sees water flowing back and forth over diagonally folded surfaces. What’s more, the choice of the mid-green Burlington stone and back painted glass panels work in harmony with the overall palette of interior finishing materials used within Festival Waterfront Centre, none more so than the beige coloured thermal finished marble used to create Origami’s pathways.

Commenting on behalf of Burlington, Joint Managing Director, Malcolm Hatch said: “In creating Origami, Fluidity Design Consultants has delivered what is without doubt one of the most stunning water features ever created. It just has to be seen to be believed.

“Not surprisingly, we are understandably delighted that it is Burlington stone that has played such a major part in the whole scheme of things, and it typifies perfectly what can be achieved when using our natural stone,” he added.

Festival Waterfront Centre and Festival Power Centre form the epicentre of Dubai Festival City’s 2.8 million square foot urban retail resort. When complete, the retail resort will have 550 shops, including 25 flagship and anchor shops – the largest collective number in the Middle East – as well as many new-to-market specialty boutiques and international brands. There will be over 90 international restaurants, bistros and cafés throughout the resort including 40 al fresco dining venues along the water.

Festival Waterfront Centre features 550 shops, including 25 anchor stores, 90 restaurants, cafés and bistros, a 12-screen Cinema, 10-lane bowling alley and a vast entertainment centre.

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