At Benoy, the aim is to transform the world we live in through design. They leverage their understanding of global trends, local cultures and client needs to create iconic destinations that enrich people’s lives, enhance nature, and deliver lasting economic value. Clients come to them not only because they can deliver a building, but because they understand their vision for their overall development and the long-term value it can provide. They partner with clients, sharing their ambitions, frustrations and success – helping them create a lasting legacy through the built environment. They have been doing this for over 70 years – the past 20 at a global level. And they will continue doing it long into the future.
Soho Gardens | Dubai
When approaching a project of such prestige and prominence within the public eye, developing the brief required clarity of vision and a strong working relationship with all stakeholders. Working alongside a supportive client team throughout the design process, Benoy was able to ensure that the initial vision and concepts were retained.
Soho Gardens offer luxurious and inspiring spaces, appealing to the upscale market segments of Dubai’s residents and visitors. Modern elegance infuses with local heritage and character; people can journey through the edgy, industrial landscaped courtyards of the Soho Gardens through to the more relaxed feel of the Soho Beach, and onto the dazzling refinement of Drai’s pool club.
Hangzhou Canal Arts | Hangzhou
The Hangzhou Canal Art Center is a unique future development for Hangzhou, occupying the site of a former thermal power plant in the city. The brief called for Benoy to reflect on the evolution of the site from a once functioning thermo-electric plant to a new, green arts complex.
The design has looked to integrate with its surroundings, the natural landscape and existing thoroughfares, whilst presenting an integrated community space for the city; one which will become a hive of activity and support art exhibitions, weekend markets, sports and cultural pursuits and leisurely recreation.
Benoy’s design has deliberately broken down the massing of the building, mixing public space into the development. Boundaries between indoor and outdoor have been blurred with the use of spatial concepts such as courtyards, corridors and semi-open spaces. The Hangzhou Canal Art Center starts in operation in Fall 2019.
The Beach | Dubai
Utilizing a prime waterfront location, Benoy was invited to create a mixed-use retail, leisure and food and beverage multiplex that seamlessly integrates into the surroundings. The vision was to design a refreshingly modern space, and it required master planning, architecture and motion graphics.
To blend in with the waterfront setting, they designed a low-rise development with a meandering pedestrian esplanade connecting to four plazas. They took a highly creative, playful approach to set the scene for this leisure destination.
The Beach is an iconic vista of Dubai’s waterfront, spanning 600m. It offers sustainable commercial opportunities with 68 new outdoor retail and restaurant units, a cinema and an entertainment zone. Consisting of a mix of shapes with straight lines and soft curves, and featuring colored light arrangements, it has an enigmatic, contemporary appearance.
Bahrain Marina | Manama
To unlock Bahrain’s full potential as an exciting cultural destination, Benoy is enhancing an underdeveloped area and transforming it into an authentic urban waterfront district. Attracting visitors and strengthening the area’s heritage, commercial activities and leisure offering, Bahrain Marina will become a landmark lifestyle destination for Bahrain and its surrounding region, as well as the global community.
Bahrain Marina is designed with inclusivity at its core, embracing its setting and the local cultures, while looking to the future. Innovative new concepts for social gatherings and activities are integrated into the public heart of the scheme, along with creative spaces accessible to all of the community to promote entrepreneurism, youth engagement and creativity.
Westfield London | London
Benoy was briefed to create a communal hub that provided opportunities for retail and leisure space, while also enabling public transport and infrastructure improvements. Regenerated from a 16-hectare brownfield site, Westfield London had to own a sense of identity among London’s iconic buildings.
To optimize commercial potential, they created food, leisure and retail zones with distinctive identities, pushing the boundaries of what’s expected in retail space. Seamless connections with the public transport network were integrated to centralize the development.
Westfield London is one of the leading retail and leisure centers in the UK, covering 120,000 sqm. It boasts 280 shops and 47 restaurants, and welcomed two million visitors within the first three weeks of opening. It has an open-air feel, thanks to the asymmetrical roof pattern that tracks the movement of the sun.
COFCO Joy Breeze | Suzhou
Benoy was appointed by COFCO to design a site in the center of Suzhou’s Xiangcheng district, a busy central yet residential area where the entrance to the city’s planned future central park sits nearby. The brief called for the creation of a major commercial opportunity that would capture the interest of the district’s 25 to 45-year-old community.
Subsequently, Benoy has designed a retail, recreation and entertainment hub which emphasizes its diversified offer through the variety of its spaces. The scheme is instantly recognizable for its network of balconies, rooftops, public squares, retail streets and boxes.
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