Architectural gem

The exclusive Muraba Residences dominate the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, with an appealing visual field of the gulf. A model for luxury contemporary apartment buildings, by the Spanish architects RCR, recently awarded the most important international recognition

The iconic Burj Al Arab constitutes the focal point of observation. Everything else around it, the Dubai skyline, stretches out for as far as the eye can see, in the Persian Gulf. The elegant and recently inaugurated Muraba Residences rise on the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, like the subject of a painting, at the centre of an exclusive panorama.
The sheer strength of its connotation derives not only from its position, but from its architecture by the trio RCR ArquitectesRafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta – winners of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Ibrahim Al Ghurair, developer and founder of Muraba Residences, describes how “right from the outset it was clear that RCR had all the requirements we were looking for. It’s no wonder they won such a prestigious award”.
The minimalist structure exudes truly remarkable aesthetics and manifests itself as the point of contact between heaven and earth. The declared symbiosis with the surrounding environment is palpable, effectively framed by the blue sea.

Muraba Residences is well aligned not only in terms of landscape, but also with the area’s top-end life style. Here, luxury reigns supreme. First class benefits include an outdoor swimming pool which stretches out for the building’s entire length, state-of-the art gym equipment, the ‘vitality’ pools reserved for men and women, glass steam rooms, the ‘experience’ showers, a 24h security and concierge service.

Then, of course, we have 46 apartments and 4 penthouses, each offering subliminally excellent interiors, where not a single detail has been overlooked. There is maximum attention to indoor and outdoor dialogue – a distinctive trait of RCR, with full respect of privacy. Indeed each penthouse is served by a private lift, features ample terraces and personal balconies, seamlessly integrating the outdoors within everyday life while also creating a sense of balance and tranquillity. Spacious interiors enable fluidity of transition between living areas and bedrooms – 4 or 5 in total, the kitchen opens out onto the dining area, perfect for welcoming guests.

Coherence and style reign supreme in the selection of furnishings: Ibrahim Al Ghurair has forged partnerships with the finest suppliers. These range from local artisans, expert glass makers who created the spectacular outdoor window panels, Sky Frame, manufacturers of sliding and frameless glass panels, the Italian Valcucine, Gaggenau appliances, installations by the Danish Vola, with the support of Geberit touch control devices. Each meticulously selected in virtue of their competence and vocation for quality. Living Divani has also contributed significantly by means of its well-balanced design and harmonious proportions present in living areas, bedrooms and on terraces, with pieces such as the iconic sofas Neowall and Extrasoft, both designed by Piero Lissoni, matched with generously sized Extrasoft ottomans, Box armchairs and Plane side tables by Massimo Mariani. Other pieces include: the Extrasoft and Chemise beds, also by Lissoni, and Avalon by Eero Koivisto. Lastly, a few Ile Club Daybeds guarantee outdoor comfort.



Architectural and interior design
RCR Architects

D Line, Gaggenau, Linvisibile, Living Divani, Rimadesio, Sky Frame, Valcucine

Lutron, Panzeri

Geberit, Kartell by Laufen, Lagares, Vola

Photo credits
courtesy Muraba Properties