The Restaurant. In January 2017, Atlantic Group embarked on its first overseas licensed venture with the opening of The Atlantic Dubai. Adding the restaurant to an already extensive hospitality portfolio is UAE based leading entertainment and nightlife consortium, Solutions Leisure Group.
Working closely with Atlantic Group and esteemed Executive Chef of the Melbourne flagship restaurant, Donovan Cooke, Solutions Leisure Group adopted the sustainable ocean to plate philosophy and introduced the experience to their audience abroad.
Now open in Downtown Dubai at Souk Al Bahar, the new restaurant seats 200 covers with an open plan dining room, an Oyster Bar and an alfresco dining terrace that overlooks the The Dubai Fountain and iconic Burj Khalifa.
The Designers. Design Group Eleven is an interior design studio specializing in hospitality, as well as retail and residential design. Run by Aleksandra Adamczyk and Egija Krisjane, this dynamic duo presents clients with a diverse range of expertise. Both from different backgrounds and experiences, their professional paths crossed at renowned British designer Robert Angell’s London based studio, where they worked together on high-end hospitality projects, like The Berkeley Hotel, Hilton Hotels, Lime Wood Hotel, Aqua Nueva restaurant and American Bar in Savoy.
Adamczyk is responsible for the technical side of work, whereas Krisjane leads the sourcing of materials, finishes, furniture and equipment. Over time they have developed an international group of trusted professionals, 3D visualisers, manufacturers, consultants and suppliers who work tirelessly to assist in the execution of their concepts.
Adamczyk describes their philosophy as “attention to refined detailing through which a sense of overall harmony can be achieved. We aim to merge functionality with sensuality”.
The Brief. Provide a timeless and aesthetically beautiful design; adapt the Melbourne concept to local conditions; present an overall sensory experience to guests; and integrate a warm ‘human’ sensibility to the restaurant’s identity. The duo was asked to develop a character that reflected the sentiments of the ‘New York Wharfs’ present in the flagship restaurant and encouraged to look beyond simply replicating the Melbourne interior.
The Inspiration. Design Group Eleven drew their inspiration from the magnetic and wild beauty of the Australian coastline where the alluring tones of emerald green water interplay with sand, stones and raw cliff surrounds. Krisjane says “our aim is to take the guests on a journey by applying the ocean to plate philosophy and building up the layers of seaside inspired storytelling”.
The entrance to the shop front resembles the fish market stalls with a fresh fish display, vintage scales and weights, blocks of salt, fish nets and eroded wood with glass pieces. The Oyster Bar is accented with industrial features and designed to immerse guests in the theatre of an open kitchen layout. An interpretation of beach pebbles recurs in warm stone finishes throughout, inclusive of a bespoke green terrazzo, monolith bar counter, beautiful table tops and marble mosaic in the floor.
A central main dining area provides calmness to the atmosphere with a relaxed and refined design. Weathered timber floorboards start in a central stylized chevron pattern and are framed to replicate simple beach-like walkways running against surrounding sand dunes. A specialist artisan distressed clay-plaster finish was applied to the walls to create the feeling of an isolated and remote sanctuary. With large emerald columns clad in an ombr. glass adding depth to the dining room, soft upholstered seating in sun burnt shades completes the space.
An alfresco dining terrace overlooks the iconic Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. To enhance the full sensory experience and continue the rhythmic light feel from indoors, the same custom-made table tops, chairs from Italian company Varaschin, small brass table lamps by Australian brand Neoz and hand-made large wicker pendants by Latvian studio Maajo.lv were selected. Majority of the furniture, joinery and lighting was exclusively designed and custom-made for the project. In pursuance of a pure and refined feel the design duo focused on sensual nuances. Design Group Eleven were attentive to the choice of colours, tones, temperatures and surfaces in order to manipulate and recreate the contrast between sand and water.
Instrumental in The Atlantic Dubai venture, Design Group Eleven consider it to be one of their most memorable projects to date. Carefully selected finishes, nuanced colour palettes, organic simplicity and refined mixed with industrial choices, all contribute to the aesthetically beautiful space and symphonic ambience. Timeless yet contemporary, The Atlantic Dubai’s interiors enhance and compliment the ocean to plate experience in its new location abroad.