The top-of-the-line new residences by New York-based firm SOMA boast the tagline: “crafted for the most privileged of the privileged few”—and it’s easy to see why. Rising at the entrance to the Palm Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s artificial islands, the One at Palm consists of 90 exclusive residences, the units arranged in alternately pulled-in and pulled-out configurations across each level so that each apartment is guaranteed 360-degree views.
The north side overlooks the Palm, while south-facing views sweep over the Dubai Marina. SOMA calculated these intricate configurations through an extensive process of adjacency and view studies to achieve unobstructed panoramas, uncompromised privacy, and to guarantee each unit its own private outdoor space proportional to the size of the apartment. For the most part, units are outfitted with balconies, but the design allows for the creation of several true open terraces.
At 25 stories up, it is the highest residential development on the island, and will be completed in 2017 on undeveloped land on the left side of the trunk of the Palm. SOMA designed the One to be built on three separate cores that provide private access to individual units. Each core leads to no more than two apartments, while elevators to the higher floors service units individually. The penthouse goes for $54 million.
“Our design for One at Palm shatters the predictable condo tower mold of curtain-walled containers by creating private villas in the sky, offering seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor space, and capturing the most remarkable views in a way that allows each residence to seemingly float above the sea,” Michel Abboud, founder of SOMA, said at the Cityscape Global Conference at the Dubai World Trade Center, where designs for One at Palm were first unveiled.
Each unit features multiple entrances, wall-to-wall glass ceilings that flaunt the seafront views, and a double-height ceiling in every living room. Units at certain stories open up to a glass-enclosed infinity pool, tanning bed, and outdoor lounge area.
The interiors by Japanese firm Super Potato juxtapose nature and steel, while the landscape architecture will be the handiwork of Vladimir Djurovic. Facilities include an indoor and outdoor pool, a cinema, cigar lounge, super luxury spa managed by ESPA, and a yacht club.
Finally, residents can customize their unit with the best Poltrona Frau has to offer after a private consultation session with an interior designer. The $680 million project is a 50-50 joint venture between Omniyat group and Drake & Scull International.