Atkins was appointed by SKAI Holdings as lead designer for two 60-story twin towers that will be located in Jumeirah Village, off Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.
The first tower comprises 498 serviced apartments, while the other tower is a four-star hotel. The ground floor of the serviced apartment tower will comprise of the main entry lobby, back of house spaces and the requisite plant areas. The sky lobby located at the top of the podium will be able to accommodate a spa, an all-day-dining venue, a health club, meeting rooms and a landscaped podium roof.
The other tower will have a mix of guestrooms; one and two bedroom apartments; 30 penthouses on the top 10 floors; and a 7,535-square-foot Chinese restaurant.
The concept for this project was based on a 30-degree rotation of each floor, thus creating a sky garden. While the introduction of sky gardens into the buildings is not new to the architecture world, the way these sky gardens have been integrated into the suites in the sky towers is considered as an innovative approach.
Atkins was established in 1938. Now led by chief executive officer Prof. Dr. Uwe Krueger, it is the world's 15th largest global design firm, the 20th largest international design firm, and the third largest engineering and architectural consultancy in Europe. As of March 2014, its revenues reached £1.75 billion.