Location: Dubai, UAE

Architect: Atkins

Developer: Emaar

Use: Research Centre

The dhow-shaped building of Dubai Opera, designed by Atkins, overlooks the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa and is the center of the Opera District. Completed in 2016, is a 2000-seat performing arts centre with a highly flexible layout able to host a variety of performances and events.

Façade elevations comprised of primarily facetted and inclined glazed curtain wall with shading louvers and mashrabiya screens. Intricate Arabic patterned timber attachments are featured on the interior. Koltay Facades provided a comprehensive third party design review for the Opera House’s façade schematic and detailed design packages as well as assisted the tendering process.

Dubai Downtown Opera House, Photographer: Dany Eid