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Dragonfly

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Middle East
  • Company/Firm
    ISTO
  • Lead Designer
    ISTO STUDIO: ANTON YAROSHENKO, BOGDAN KOSTELNYI
  • Other Designer(s)
    ISTO STUDIO: VLADYSLAV HOLUBOV, DINA DENYSENKO, ANASTASIIA FERENTSII, ALINA KUNDII
  • Location
    La Mer, Dubai, UAE
  • Project Date
    2024

Located within the La Mer in Dubai, Dragonfly is a 2 500 sq.m. villa with the core idea of smoothly and gracefully dividing the space into two wings.

The design inspiration lies in mimicking the structure of the dragonfly wings. So that architectural silhouette of open wings, light installations in the facade, wall-mounted pergola, and ceilings fully unveils the characteristics of intricately veined, membranous wings that, while generally transparent, may have colored markings.

The natural principal materials are metal, highlighting a maneuverable and flexible architecture, stone and glass, standing the test of time, as well as plaster and water. Striking views of the sea and Burj Khalifa are an extra privilege that is ever present through imposing glass fa├žades. These substantial floor-to-ceiling windows immediately frame the landscape whilst also guaranteeing that the interiors are flooded with natural light.

A significant emphasis is devoted to the villa's surrounding landscape. Water features are positioned around the entire perimeter of the Dragonfly and depict the curved, well-balanced architectural contours in the reflection.