Roberto Rovira

  • Pool deck with Dubai Creek in the background
  • Shade structure form inspired by dunes
  • Terrace Concept
  • Trellis column sketches
  • Trellis column and canopy with marina in the background
  • Plan of marina Day | Night
  • Plant palette and terraced transition to adjacent beach
  • Section through marina showing floating lounge spaces and shade structures
  • Screening and paving studies
  • Trellis color studies
  • Section through pool terrace
W Hotel Dubai

The W’s landscape defined the intersection between the hotel and the water and gave residents and guests a seamless experience between indoors and outdoors. The integration of the marina as a part of the landscape strategy–creating floating lounges that took advantage of the boats’ lighting and dock terraces throughout–established a layered palette of design elements, colors, materials, hardscape and furnishings that provided areas of privacy as well as zones where seeing and being seen was paramount during both day & night.

Significant coordination with interior design firm YabuPushelberg was essential to make this a fluid and captivating experience. An important part of the landscape strategy was the incorporation of shade and screening systems that, together with plant material, created microclimates and privacy screens throughout. These shade structures would be illuminated at night, providing a changing backdrop to public and private spaces.


Project Details:
Roberto Rovira brought this project to GEO and acted as its Lead Designer & Senior Landscape Architect.

Project Team:
Ben Hutchens, Project Manager, Courtney Jennings, Sara Setzler, Daniel Stevens, George Valdes, Adrian Vonderosten. GEO Principal: Laurinda Spear. GEO Director: Margarita Blanco