Four Seasons Hotel
To relax on a private island, what more do you want? Architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) took this premise quite literally and simply built an artificial island from scratch. In the middle of Bahrain Bay, the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel functions as an impressive “gateway to the city”, visible from miles away. Its combination of glass façades and concrete piers catches you off guard in this oasis of flashy skyscrapers.
A 200-metre-tall hotel on an artificial island in the middle of the Arabian Gulf: that describes the Four Seasons Hotel pretty well. But the architects at SOM saw the project mainly as a unique opportunity. Project architect Thomas Behr explains: “The stakes were high. It is not very often that you design a masterplan and then get to build on it as well. But we succeeded, and we hope we can build many similar buildings here in the future. Our first project in Manama, the Hotel makes a definite statement through its design: it is a gateway to the city.”
The stakes were high. It is not very often that you design the masterplan and then get to build on it as well.
When looking at the iconic waterfront hotel from afar, you see 48 storeys hosting over 270 guest rooms, all wrapped in concrete and glass. Textures and patterning on these concrete walls create a natural, earthy finish within a city made of steel. “The building’s design makes it stand out like an architectural giant, yet the Four Seasons Hotel always stays intimate to its guests,” says Behr.
Intimacy is key as the Hotel wants to make you feel right at home, starting from the entranceway. A bronze powder-coated aluminium ceiling covers the main driveway, giving you a pleasant, cosy feeling. And if it is cosiness you want, cosiness you will get. Around the main tower, you will find smaller pavilions housing a spa, restaurants, and multiple conference venues. Or take a stroll through the Mediterranean-style garden: its olive trees and wildflowers will make you believe you were in rustic Tuscany instead of dashing Manama.
This gateway to Bahrain’s capital city stands out with its natural look and feel. Impressive from every angle, yet intimate for all visitors. Thanks to our project-specific curtain wall solutions, you can bathe in luxury with an unmatched view on the Manama skyline. So sit back, relax, and enjoy your stay at the Four Seasons Hotel.
- Jungbluth Alu Partners S.A.
- Waleed Alabbas
- Besix Group NV (General contractor)
- Werner Sobek (Engineering office)