The Ocean-themed Rooftop Restaurant of Dubai Opera
A carpet designed to look like the ocean and an octopus-inspired artwork feature inside Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera, a rooftop restaurant Dubai’s opera house, designed by Sydney studios Alexander & Co and Tribe Studio.
Although largely open-plan, the venue is carved up into various different areas defined by changes in materials and finishes. Spaces include the Raw and Fire bars, a brasserie, a main bar, a private dining room, a chef’s table and an external bar.
Each design element within the venue explores ideas of the sea, from the oyster with its combination of smooth sensual surfaces and textured outer surfaces, to the oceanic tones and colours of corals and pearlescent hues.
The designers used a combination of matt and gloss tiles on the rooftop restaurant‘s vaulted ceiling to evoke the sheen of oyster shells, while the grey marble banquettes with pink leather upholstery in the central Pearl Bar are inspired by the delicate contrasts of ocean corals and sea creatures.
The spaces are furnished with various pieces of 20th century furniture in green, grey, blue and white tones combined with natural walnut timbers.
“The bistro explores the colours and tones of the sea, oyster, sea cliff and coastal escarpment,” explained the Sydney-based design interiors studio.
The Pearl Bar, which functions as a central cocktail bar, is constructed from grey leather, walnut timber and yellow marble, while the modern design of the raw and fire bars is influenced by the outer edges of blackened seashells.
A dappled blue woollen carpet that recalls ocean waters was custom designed by Alexander & Co, while classic Serge Mouille lighting was custom made in curving white enamel steel and brass finishes to tie in with the references to the curvaceous 20th century buildings.