Great to see a studio using several aspects of biophilic design (including but not limited to plants!) The interior design studio Roar, headed by Pallavi Dean has just completed the renovation of the Mezza House restaurant in Dubai. Reflecting the local ecology to create a distinct sense of place Roar took inspiration from the Yarmouk River Valley which lies between Syria and Jordan. Dean explains “The river’s surroundings consist of beautiful, infinite plains or flat arid terraces, which are interrupted here and there by waterways…I love how the maze of ravines and sharp crests resemble a lunar landscape,” Zones within the restaurant mimic this topography.
There are bespoke booths – providing privacy and security the ‘refuge’ of biophilic design speak. A colour scheme of rose, green and highlights of gold, together with natural materials such as rattan and terrazzo provides further elements of biophilic design. We are loving the floral touches especially the use of the black iris, a native flower and a symbol of resilience. How very apt!