The Hive Food Court and 88 Terrace at Tr88House, designed by Shahrooz Zomorrodi & Associates, have together been shortlisted in the prestigious Commercial Interior Design Awards 2022. The two venues on Bluewater’s are shortlisted in the Interior Design of the Year: Food & Beverage category.
Mystical food court and surreal rooftop chill lounge
The magical HIVE food court (capacity of 250 people) and spectacular yet sophisticated 88 Terrace rooftop lounge (500 people, with 50 dining) form part of the fantastical Tr88 House recreation complex. The architects played with scale, including ceilings of double-height in the food hall and triple-height in the outdoor lounge deck.
HIVE Food Court
HIVE Food Court is set in a recreation of a natural forest of almost 200 towering pine tree trunks which house ten tree houses. Numerous hanging cocoon lantern lights reflect and multiply in octagonal wall mirrors, while strategically placed concave mirrors generate optical illusions and give the impression of even more tree trunks.
Vertical slivers of aluminium, wood, and metal panels between the wall cladding add to the rugged appearance; wood, metal, and concrete tables sitting atop a macro cement floor accentuate the rustic and casual ambiance; while custom-designed low sofas and enormous bean bags provide comfort.
88 Terrace – One of Dubai’s largest outdoor roof terrace venues
Covering around 4,000 square meters, 88 Terrace is poised to be one of the city’s most sensational nightspots. Seeming to hover just meters below the iconic Ain Dubai Ferris wheel, it provides a unique view of the Dubai Marina skyline. Here, the seven-metre-high acoustic walls that wrap the outdoor space provide a canvas for provocative hand-painted murals of beautiful and sensual faces, legs, and entwined hands.
Sitting on an aluminium and stainless-steel frame, a stunning illuminated Barrisol canopy, comprising 140 octagonal panels that form an ‘8’-shape, shades the bar and provides an intriguing attraction.
The guest washroom walls are a bold traffic light red and feature hand-painted murals. A large white fiberglass sculpture of hands and arms by Zomorrodi welcomes guests at the entrance to the washrooms.
Both HIVE and 88 Terrace feature examples of the studio’s latest DecoZ Studio furniture collection, such as playful rocking stools, chairs, and the Ark lounger, designed by Zomorrodi.
All decorative items were also designed by Zomorrodi and incorporate the latest state-of-the-art technologies.
Intriguing and thought-provoking graffiti slogans – such as ‘Where are you?’, ‘Everything in the world is magic’; ‘New story to tell’; and ‘It begins with a birth of new people’ – are to be found on the floors and walls.
Zomorrodi commissioned Iranian artists to create the artwork found throughout the spectacular complex. Together they hand-painted every blade of the grass that decorates the walls of the ground and first floor, as well as the murals and fiberglass animals.
Bespoke welcoming or guiding fiberglass hand sculptures can be found throughout the spaces, as can a giant seven-meter-high fiberglass and wood-red teddy bear, perched on the side of the rooftop.