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Layouts We Love: Armani Style in the World’s Tallest Building

In this week’s « Layouts We Love » column, we take a look inside this superlative apartment at Armani Residences Dubai in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure.

Opened in 2010, Burj Khalifa became the focal point of the global skyline, rising 829 meters (2722 feet) over the city of Dubai. While the tower’s highest floors include lounges, residences and offices with unbelievable airplane views, The Armani Residences Dubai are located on floors 9 to 16 of the 163-story tower, and feel much more integrated into the surrounding Downtown Dubai district. The area has become one of the city’s most lively, with features including Dubai Mall (again, the world’s largest), the Dubai Fountain with its famous dancing water shows and a mix of low-rise and mid-rise residential and commercial buildings – all featuring an enviable selection of dining and nightlife options.

Designed by skyscraper experts Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, the floorplate is designed in a Y-shape, with three wings maximizing views and natural light, inspired by the beautiful hymenocallis flower. Currently for sale is a 188 square meter residence (2109 square feet), comprising most of one of the wings, with walls of glass along two sides.

Every interior detail was designed by Giorgio Armani, and the fashion legend has clearly made his mark with lavish materials on virtually every surface throughout  - walls lined in luxurious fabrics, silks and leather, zebrawood cabinets, venetian plaster, and Armani Casa furnishings. These luxurious materials are as elegant as the floor plan, with its various curving walls and gracious layout.

One enters the residence into a round foyer directly on axis with the corner living room wrapped in walls of floor-to-ceiling glass. Both the dining area and kitchen feel entirely separate, while the flow between rooms is maintained. The master suite features a lavish six-fixture bathroom with soaking tub, separate shower, double sinks, toilet and bidet, along with a private boudoir with built-in closets for use as a dressing room or private office. The second bedroom also features a windowed en-suite bathroom with inviting bathtub directly along the window glass.

The curving walls clad in venetian plaster, silk and leather add a warm feeling that is completely entrancing, offering rounded organic forms to counteract the tower’s strength and rigidity. Priced at AED 11 million (around US$ 3 million) and available through Hamptons International, this remarkable home from the hand of Giorgio Armani is undoubtedly one of superlative design integrity.