Alegra

Alegra

Architect
Mister Important Design
Location
Murooj Rotana Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Project Year
2012
Category
Bars

Restaurants
Jeff Dow

Alegra

Mister Important Design as Architects

Alegra is a restaurant, lounge, and bar in the heart of Dubai within the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. The space is dominated by a high-resolution LED screen mounted within a long broken crease in the ceiling plane. This crease is repeated exponentially utilizing trapezoidal ‘faceted’ ceiling and wall planes of beveled black glass. Each of these panels is backlit to form an energetic lightscape that unites the room.

 

The warm tones of the gold foil embossed leather and the deeply tufted dining ottomans lend a rich and sensual comfort to the interior. In counterpoint to the luxe upholstery are the glinty reflections that ricochet and sparkle around the room bouncing from one plane of black glass to another. The linear LED chandeliers by Il Pezzo Mancante further reinforce the sparkle of the room. Their 20 foot long ribbon of golden graffiti and crystal candles provide a sparkling canopy to the main bar.

 

Later in the night, DJs and VJs sweep the room up into a tempest of sound and visuals that are without parallel. The LED ceiling bursts into a fiery life that is reflected throughout the space. It’s a visceral visual experience, infection, brilliant, and nearly overwhelming.

 

Alegra’s food features forward-leaning molecular techniques coupled with rich flavors and textures. Like the interior, it’s a combination that creates an exciting yet comforting dining experience. Mixing tradition and ingenuity in true Spanish style, offering a wide selection of small plates for sharing. Rooted in the regional cuisines of Spain, including everything from traditional tapas to more modern deconstructed sushi. Venture into Chef Rob King’s fantasy where dramatic dishes feature a decidedly modern twist on farm fresh produce and uniquely sourced ingredients.

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