The hotel is generally divided into three buildings, the first is the residental hotel that faces the city, and the second is the marina hotel that has artificial beach front, and the third is the berthage and marina club located in the inner cove of the site. The arch that connects the two hotels together holds the highest level Presidential Suite. and below is the deck that connects the buildings to the observation tower.
In front of the artificial beach is the glass floating suites, the first floating hotel suite in the world. These floating suites can also be joined together in various sized units, to customize to the needs of the user. For safety reason the floating suites will be installed with a automatic system that will keep the suites within safe distance from the beach.
The form of dolphins were applied as the mass motif. to create a illusion of a dolphin couple swimming in a mirage. A special reflective material was used so that this scene can be witnessed by passengers on the plane landing and departing from the Abu Dhabi Airport.
The Middle East is a water deficient area and also has vast dessert lands. Therefore we also designed this hotel to have high energy efficiency, by using solar power, water collection system, and utilizing the temperature change to naturally cool the building.
Designs by Changki Yun, a member of KIA (Korea institute of architecture ; authorized organization in UIA), professor of SAKIA (School of Architecture KIA) and tutor at Hongik University.
Changki Yun runs his own firm in Seoul, Korea, title KA3 design group [KyungAm Architects Associates Ltd]. He studied in AA_DRL in London (2003-06).