Video: Elie Gamburg of KPF on the architecture behind the Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai

In this video interview, Elie Gamburg, director at American firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates (KPF), reveals the architectural concept behind the soon-to-open Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai. 

The 46-storey development – which will operate as a sister hotel to Atlantis, The Palm – will boast almost 800 guest rooms and more than 230 serviced apartments upon completion.

The vast building complex, which can be either viewed as a single skyscraper or a series of six building, will feature 'sky courts' and terraces (which connect the six buildings), positioned strategically to amplify shading and prevent direct sunlight, while directing prevailing winds over its many water features. 

Estimated to be worth up to $1.4bn (AED5.14bn), the project is scheduled to be completed and open for business later this year.