The incredibly exciting and innovative Intersect by Lexus restaurant project was born out of Japan where it was designed by Wonder Wall Interior designers.
The newly-opened Dubai restaurant based in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a two-storey establishment that seamlessly merges the motor industry with the world of cuisine.
Situated on the ground level are the main restaurant, seating area and a library. The motivation behind this combination is the notion of creating a ‘third home’ - a place to meet, to relax and to do business.
The detailed design of the upturned sand dunes ceiling was designed and constructed by ATS, and these house the hidden services and light fittings. A chandelier forms the centrepiece of the seating and relaxation area. “The wave ceiling alone presented a challenge as the original design intent had been for a “paper ceiling”, which was deemed impractical to install,” explains James Toy, senior project manager, ATS Interiors. “We proposed a revolutionary alternative design, which was approved and once installed really brings this beautiful restaurant feature to life. We are immensely pleased with the result.”
Marble-clad circular columns house the library and book shelves, with feature artwork on the surrounding walls of the restaurant. All four sides of the restaurant are covered with a bamboo, Lexus designed, floor-to-ceiling curtain Mashrabia screen.
The main kitchen is situated on the restaurant level with a further kitchen on the Hypocaust level, that is accessed via a set of stairs that have been constructed and clad with marble wall panels and floor tiles.
In the Hypocaust level a futuristic car sits on top of a raised glass panel floor, underneath which Lexus car parts are laid out and illuminated by coloured LED lighting.
The bathroom facilities are accessed via a corridor displaying 1 500 mini cars, laid out on a vertical wall, with each one telling an individual story. The bathrooms themselves boast fully self-functioning toilets and mirrors with inbuilt TV screens.
As the design for Intersect by Lexus originated in Japan, all materials and design shop drawing approvals with all materials were shipped to Japan, prior to final choices being made.
SAP Middle East Headquarters
ATS Interiors recently completed a high-end, Perkins and Will designed, four-floor office fit-out for global SAP, Middle East Headquarters.
SAP’s Middle East headquarters are located in the new Butterfly Building in Media City in Dubai. One of the office floors is split for mixed use, with half a floor used as kitchen, café and dining area and the other half for office space and meeting rooms.
The other three floors include general office space as well as a variety of meetings rooms, boardrooms, prayer rooms and an experience centre to host customers. The project was successfully completed within the 16-week programme (that included procurement), on budget and was inaugurated by Crown Prince, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on 17 March 2017.
“From the main management to the commercial team and the team on the ground we have received continuous great service beyond and above the final delivery of the new office. We have been delighted by the choice of ATS as the general contractor for this project and can only recommend them as a trustful, supportive and extremely reliable partner for any such projects in the UAE.” - Peter Baumann, Global Facility Management, Head of Projects EMEA