Awards / Arcapita Building

Bahrain Bay - Manama, Bahrain

The Arcapita Building is a major landmark within the Bahrain Bay Development.
The project consisted of approximately 26,600m2 of space distributed over seven floors. The ground floor is dominated by two large open, double height reception lobbies that provide access to the other floors and the auditorium and other conference facilities on this level. The offices are distributed over the upper five floors with a dedicated executive area on the top floor and staff restaurant and terrace on the first.

A restrained contemporary approach was applied to the interiors but it was also important to include and retain key elements that related to the client's established corporate identity. Important visual links were also made with their other offices around the world to maintain continuity.

The interiors were to be open and bright with clean lines and glazed partitioning that allowed light to penetrate to all areas. Emphasis was placed on providing a high quality working environment for all levels of the client's staff.

The overall scheme is contemporary in design but influenced by the local culture and incorporates many modern interpretations of Islamic art and design in elements such as mushrabiah screens, glass wall panels, water features and the artwork.

The materials used are predominantly white marble, stainless steel and wood with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Each floor was carefully planned to utilize the established floor plans in the most efficient manner, to be flexible and to fulfill both the clients' current and future requirements.