How TwentyOne06 and Havelock One Interiors redefined luxe at this resimercial workspace in Dubai

Award-winning design firm TwentyOne06 and leading fit-out firm Havelock One have completed the Design & Build of The Knowledge Academy’s office in Dubai, creating a resimercial haven for the premium training provider.

The hospitality-driven approach

Resimercial design is a term used to describe a style of interior design that combines both residential and commercial elements. This style is particularly popular in public spaces, offices, and hotels that aim to evoke a cosy, homely atmosphere. The primary aim of this resimercial design project was to create an elevated, comfortable, and functional space that employees will enjoy spending time in, while still maintaining a professional and organised appearance. Using luxurious materials, soft textures, thick luxurious carpeting, comfortable furnishings and stylish accessories are all hallmarks of resimercial design.

In the realm of commercial interior design, it can be challenging to create a space which is both opulent and operationally effective. By harnessing their experience in hospitality design, TwentyOne06 were able to design a resimercial environment suited to the client’s luxurious taste, while being able to withstand the test of daily operations.

The material inspiration

The foundation of the high-end finish lies in the strategic use of marble, supplied by, natural marble of the highest quality was cut to perfection, ensuring a seamless integration into the workspace. The warmth of beige wood and Natural Wood ceilings, complemented by the cool elegance of White Statuario Marble, sets the tone for an ambience that balances richness with tranquillity.

“With this workspace design project, the attention to detail was considered at great length.” says Sabiha Yusuf, Interior Designer at TwentyOne06. “Since we are primarily hospitality designers, the high level of detailing and finesse took a default stance to ensure quality and longevity in this workspace.”

The use of natural marble in this space was critical. Not only does it create a high-end aesthetic, but it is also a durable material that lasts a long time, expands the space, and makes a statement at the entrance. The corridor walls, adorned with polished-edge marble slabs alongside brass partitions, create a visually stunning effect.

High level of detailing and finishes

Every element of the fit-out completed by Havelock One serves a dual purpose – to elevate the aesthetics and withstand the rigours of a dynamic work environment. The combination of intricate detailing and high-quality finishes define The Knowledge Academy’s workspace.

“From the outset, we envisioned a space that not only met but exceeded expectations in terms of luxury and quality. By skillfully combining various materials, we achieved a seamless fusion of elegance and functionality,” says Salas Louis, Project Manager at Havelock One. “Through free-flowing communication with TwentyOne06 and regular site meetings, we were able to get ahead of schedule, showcasing the power of collaboration and dedication to exceptional results.”

The workspace features a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows, which allows ample natural light to fill the space. The waiting area has warm ambient lighting that creates a welcoming atmosphere, while the boardroom has cove lighting which gives it an elegant feel. These lighting options, provided by Lylux Lighting, exemplify how resimercial spaces should be lit, striking the perfect balance between comfort and professionalism.

Brass, a recurring motif, extends to furniture and functional elements. From T-Bar Brass Handles on the entrance door to brass-framed transparent glass partitions in meeting rooms.  The skirting, door handles, and signage – all in brass – not only contribute to a cohesive visual language but also highlight the technical skill in material application.

The walls are adorned with warm-Beige Natural Slatted Wood Wall finishes, with a downward-facing wood grain, instilling a sense of warmth.

The Resimercial aspect

In the resimercial world, focal points are carefully orchestrated to infuse comfort and functionality.  The communal seating area, a centrepiece in the heart of the workspace, is designed with circular wooden drafters and 360 seating, enveloped in soft pink upholstery, and complemented by brass skirting. This recreational breakout area seamlessly integrates into the spatial design.

The meeting room, partitioned with matte brass-framed transparent glass, offers an intimate yet sophisticated space. Soft grey carpeting enhances acoustics, creating an environment conducive to meaningful conversations. These thoughtful touches transform workspaces into engaging and personalised zones, designed and built for the diverse needs of modern professionals.

The intersection of luxury and functionality is not just a design choice; it is a commitment to creating workspaces that inspire, energise, and elevate the daily experiences of those who inhabit them. In this fusion of design and execution, TwentyOne06 and Havelock One Interiors have set a new standard for resimercial excellence in Dubai’s dynamic business landscape.