Dubai firm wins DNA healthcare contract
Abu Dhabi, November 27, 2012
Swiss Bureau Interior Design, an architecture and interior design firm in the UAE, has won a multi-million fitout and furnishing contract from US-based DNA Health Corporation for its global flagship integrative medicine & wellness centre on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island.
The contract was unanimously awarded by the DNA Health Corp’s board of directors, following a global six-way tender process, said a statement from Swiss Bureau.
With this deal, the build-out for the DNA Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness in The Collection retail complex at the five-star St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort Abu Dhabi will begin and the new centre is expected to open in the first quarter of 2013.
“The tender process involved six global firms and was evaluated on the technical, financial, legal and project management levels of expertise of each submission,” said Dr Ahsan Malik, the chief operating officer and project director for the Middle East, DNA Health Corp.
“Not only were Swiss Bureau consistently superior across the board on all functional aspects, they were also the most competitive bid and impressed our board members with their creative and innovative approach to realising the DNA vision,” he stated.
“It was clear to us that the team at Swiss Bureau, who were responsible for designing the original concept for the centre, were with us from the start and just as passionate about the project as we are,” he added.
Joakim de Rham, the managing partner and interior architect, Swiss Bureau Interior Design said tt was vital for the company to bring the tranquility and fluidity of nature into the very heart of the centre.
With offices in Switzerland and Dubai, the boutique interior design firm specialises in providing a complete range of high-end interior services and turnkey solutions for both commercial and residential projects, and uniquely prides itself on building its own designs.
“We employed the very latest techniques in interior design to incorporate a stunningly visual vertical garden as part of the reception and welcome area, with engaging water features to soothe all the senses as guests arrive for their treatments,” he remarked.
“Reflecting the organic curves of nature was paramount to our team, and we have managed to ensure there is a surprise and delight aspect at every turn within the centre. Treatment rooms are equipped with high-technology but softened with bamboo and natural blond wood to create a sense of harmony, and our aim was for guests to feel enveloped in serenity while receiving unparalleled care,” he added.
The ten-strong Swiss Bureau team leapt at the chance to imagine a space beyond conventional interior design for the healthcare industry.
“Our creative juices really started flowing,” continued de Rham, “this was truly a dream project for us, and we are looking forward to continuing our collaborative partnership with DNA Health Corp as the company expands regionally and globally,” he added.
Founded in 2011 by a group of 20 senior medical practitioners with years of experience in global healthcare, DNA Health Corp was established in Washington DC with a vision to transform healthcare for the 21st century.-TradeArabia News Service