Located on and in the water on the southern side of Abu Dhabi island, Al Gurm Resort is set in a natural landscape of mangrove forest. The Al Gurm residential development consists of 73 luxury homes, the most upscale of which are built on their own private islands.

Located on and in the water on the southern side of Abu Dhabi island, Al Gurm Resort is set in a natural landscape of mangrove forest. The Al Gurm residential development consists of 73 luxury homes, the most upscale of which are built on their own private islands.

This project was just one of the eight major, multi-million dirham precincts I worked on while Head of Design at Aldar PJSC. My role here was to apply focused design review expertise to lead the site and architectural teams at the intersection of aesthetics, buildability, quality, truth in marketing and deliverables. The project had been on site for two years before I joined the team so a lot of structural work had already been started. This added to the challenges we faced but I was able to make key alterations in space flow and layouts. A lot of work too was done to upgrade the calibre of interior fittings in the all important kitchens and bathrooms; key areas for any purchaser. Indeed I cared just as deeply about the comfort of the purchasers as I did about the aesthetics; much architectural, contractual and M&E coordination needed to happen in order to get the a/c re-designed and the grilles moved. Please see the below selection of images to get an overview of my work here.